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boulter's Geoblog

Dec 30, 2003

Tiny Bubbles Cache

By: Team Aloha Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

1:59 pm - We had quite an adventure getting to this one as described in our log of The Last Kukui cache. How did these caches get approved so close to each other? Anyway, we made a quick dash over to this one in the rain, liberated the Cinderella TB, and ran out of there. Thanks!

Swinging Bridge

By: Papa Kent & Ann Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

3:06 pm - It was drizzling a bit here as we approached this one, but what else is new. :-) Crossed the bridge and headed for the cache. There was a chicken guarding the cache this time. It wasn't hard to find. I tried to cover it up a bit more when I left. TNLNSL. Passed the site of the old swinging bridge on the way back. Thanks!

Spouting Horn

By: W9JIM Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

11:01 am - It was pouring rain when we got to this cache. We went for it anyway and got pretty soaked. The hillside was kinda slippery and that added to the challenge. Later we found a safer way down to the cache area. It took a while to find, but I finally found it and it was perfectly dry, unlike the rest of us! TNLNSL. Thanks!

The Last Kukui

By: Braddah Joe & The Kaua'i Boys Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

2:01 pm - What a crazy road out to this one! We drove it for a while in our rented Mustang until we got to a sizable puddle that we were unsure about crossing. A few of us got out to hoof the last 3/4 mile and started on our way when a caravan of 6 cars came driving down in the opposite direction, just blowing through those huge puddles. Well, now we knew we could make it, so we got back in the car and headed in. We stopped at the beach, then two of us ran the rest of the way to the cache. We crossed more puddles, one of them that was up to our knees!
We were surprised by the beautiful beach, even in the rain. We found the cache pretty quickly and TNLNSL. Thanks!

Arboretum Walkabout

By: Anton Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Keahua Arboretum, Kauai, Hawaii.
http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/html/sites/keahua_arboretum.html

This small arboretum is in the rainy interior of Hawaii. Parts of the Jurassic Park were filmed here.

Dec 29, 2003

Pennsylvania Wanderers

By: Spiritrider,Egoteeth,Timeshare,Blondeapple Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

2:21 pm - This was a tough one to find. Looked all over the place before I finally found it. The coordinates were all over the place too. Very well hidden. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Honeymoon in Vegas Cache

By: Team Aloha Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

11:23 am - Very nice beach. I had to be stealthy to avoid the snorkelers close by. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Keeping it Secret

By: Snicker Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

10:38 am - Great, secluded beach. The signs about break-ins freaked us out a little bit, so one of us stayed behind. Enjoyed the walk and the beach was empty except for a guy sitting in his truck. I wonder where that road came from?
Anyway, had to be careful walking over to the cache, but found it after a little while. The container is gone now and it's just a ziplock bag. Doesn't look like it's where the spoiler indicates, but everything was in it, though a little wet.

I emptied out the contents and shook out all the water
. I signed the log and tried to take nothing, but as I was loading up the bag again, somet
hing red rolled out and down the hill. I didn't really want to go back down and up again, so I picked it up on the way back. It turned out to be one of the Canadian Geocoins.
Thanks for bringing us to this cool beach!

Dec 28, 2003

De Plane! Boss ? De Plane!

By: Braddah Joe & The Kaua'i Boys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

4:07 pm - Nice falls. We did the cache first. This was a very steep slope and the cache was not near the cliff - so future cachers, don't put yourself in danger. As we were looking around some people on the top asked if there were good trails down to the bottom from there. Uh, no.
Took the Cactus Jack TB. Thanks!

Kauai's best near Kapa'a

By: Fireman Bret Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

10:18 am - This was the first cache we did while vacationing on Kauai and it was a great preview of what was to come. Nice spot and a quick find. Took the Beep Beep TB. Thanks!

Whale Watching at Ninini Point

By: Farnuff_Labs Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

5:26 pm - This was the last cache of our first day in Kauai. We made three attempts at finding the road before we finally found the right one. Cool lighthouse. Found the cache surprisingly easily. TNLNSL. Not sure if we'll make it to the second waypoint. :-) Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, but we enjoyed the view. Thanks.

Old Cane Highway

By: biohzrd, honu and truncheon Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

10:57 am - This was a very cool cache. A nice walk along the coast and then a secluded little beach. We almost didn't notice the seals at first, but then had a good time watching them from a distance. Good thing the seals weren't on the way to the cache. Found it without much trouble. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Old Stone Walls

By: The Winningham Boys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Found this stone wall near GCBFE8 on Kauai, Hawaii. Closest town is Lihue. This stone wall is a bit "newer" than many other walls since it's made of volcanic rock.

Dec 26, 2003

Sgt. Preston

By: spiderwomantoo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2 pm - Ah, back again in this familiar park. This time I took a turn into an area we hadn't been to before, or so I thought. As I got closer to the cache, I saw another cache we found here once, but I think we wandered in a different way. It took a bit of searching to find the cache as my GPSr wasn't too happy here. Nice container. Looks like I missed the previous finder by about 45 minutes. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Flyway Rest Stop

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

11:26 am - Well, the trail was still somewhat muddy, but I was able to avoid most of it. This was my second trip here. Last time, we just couldn't find it. I was amazed how different this placed looked at lower tide levels. The rock I was standing on last time was a few feet higher above the water. I spent some time looking in all the wrong places, then found it after I read the hint. TNLNSL. Whew! Nice day out there today.

Sun Microsystems Geek Cache

By: DeadReckoner Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:31 pm - I wasn't too familiar with this area, so I drove around a bit and ended up turning into Sun's parking lot. I was amazed by the lack of security. No gates, no roaming security trucks. The place must have been closed today as there were very few cars in the lot. I found a place to park right near the cache and headed out.
I was surprised to find gate that lead out to the trail and even more surprised to find it unlocked. I should have looked more carefully though because as it close I realized there was a combination lock on the other side. I would have to find another way back to my car, but that was a problem for
later.

I made the short walk to the cache and started looking. Lots of places to look here and I couldn't find it under any of them. Finally I threw away the GPSr and looked in a place that was a little further away and found it there. Took a Docent puzzle ball and left a FreeBSD 5.1 CD.

I ende
d up walking all the way around to the entrance from Willow Road to enter the campus again and reach my car. On the way out I did notice a guy in a security truck, preoccupied with something in a far corner of the lot. Thanks!

PEZtacular view

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

11:39 am - When a pez dispenser arrived in my christmas stocking this year, I knew it was time to take care of this cache. It was pretty blustery out there at first, but it warmed up quickly.
When I got to the cache area, the coast was clear and began to search in earnest. I saw one spot that looked perfect for a cache and I began to think that the cache must be missing. Once I start thinking that, I tend to not look very well. After a few minutes of searching, I decided to go do Flywa
y Rest Stop and try this one again on the way back.

As I approached this one for the second time, I read the hint. Again, my lack of knowledge of flora and fauna hurt me here, but I took a guess and found it right away.

I took a Marge Simpson pez and left a Chewbacca pez. If I knew that most of
the Simpson family would be in there, I would have brought more! Thanks for the cache.

Dec 24, 2003

Don't Bark Up the Wrong Tree

By: 47russ47 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:10 pm - I was a little wary about looking for caches right in front of somebody's house (the owner's?), but luckily we found it quickly. Cool hide. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Visiting Fremont

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:55 PM - With the girls out doing girly things, I took my Dad out to see if I couldn't find it in the daylight. Abundant light certainly did help and I found it within a minute. My Dad was amazed at the camo. Isn't this puzzle difficult enough without adding some nasty camo on top of it? :-) TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sunnyside

By: Dante Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

4:35 pm - We had quite an adventure getting to this one, albeit short. We were thankful that the cache was very visible and I was able to reach it easily. Some slippery slopes there espcially after all the rain, but we managed to stay topside. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Dec 23, 2003

My Meridian

By: Wintertime Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3:51 pm - Wasn't getting much done at work and I saw this one come up as my closest, so I spent a few minutes looking up the answers and dashed out to see if I could claim the FTF. I'd probably bump up the difficulty to 2 on this one because I had trouble finding some of the answers. As I worked through them, I started to see the pattern though so I knew I was at least half right.
The coordinates were in in a familiar area and one that needed a cache. My GPSr wasn't liking the tree cover and kept pointing me at one of two likely spots. Despite the note not to trample through the ivy, I had to anyway because I just couldn't see it. Finally found and brought it back to the ca
r to open it up.

The contents were very nice and all in theme. I was pleased to see that I was first in the logbook. I left the FTF prize for another cacher though as my book queue is already stacks deep. I took a postcard and a pen and left a mini-flashlight.

As I went to put it back, I realized
I didn't remember where I found it between the two areas I had been looking. I first put it in one spot, only to get halfway back to the car before I remembered that it was supposed to
be in the other spot. Doubled back and placed it back where it should be. Since others found it after me, I guess I chose wisely.
Thanks for the educational fun!

Visiting Fremont

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7 pm - This cache is proof that banging your head on puzzles for hours on end and trying ridiculous solution after ridiculous solution might not entirely be an exercise in futility. I had tried to solve another cache using this method once before, so this came to me rather quickly. I made some stupid mistakes of course, but eventually I got with a little help from TeamAlamo.
I reached the cache area OK and did notice the occasional stench of skunks. Didn't see any though. Checked all the places I could think of, but couldn't come up with the cache. I think daylight is probably required to find this one. I was a bit apprehensive about shining my flashlight all over the
place as that might look awful curious to a cop that might just drive by. Since I had a run-in with the law while caching not too far away, I decided it might be best to save it for another day.

I did find a beach ball on the way out though, so not all is lost. I'll be back.

Dec 22, 2003

A Gathering of Cultures

By: Wintertime Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:41 pm - This one left me rather clueless at first as I only had 1/3 of the required knowledge and couldn't see the pattern. I didn't feel too bad about prodding Wintertime for hints though as I had helped her with some of the more technical aspects of setting up puzzles a few days before.
She corrected some dumb mistakes on my part and then I had it. Headed out there this evening and found it pretty quickly, even in the dark.

This was another of those "who woudda thunk" naturey places right in the middle of some sprawl. Thanks for the cache and the education.

Dec 21, 2003

Belgatos - HOSP

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Small

10:50 am - Another cache in this nice park. We had the most trouble finding this one of any today. MotorBug is exceptionally good at finding these things though and he had the idea that brought us the find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Forest Stump

By: Log Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

11:29 am - This was the last cache of the day on a very successful trip with MotorBug and Nostrada. The trail up to the cache was very very muddy and wet. We all had huge gobs of mud weighing down our shoes. I actually found this one first and sure was an interesting cache container.
Took a flag hacky sack, left a mini flashlight. Left the Yosemite Bear TB for a few seconds before it was picked up again. :-) Thanks!

Secret Trailhead #8 - Upper Belgatos

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

11 am - This was the last cache on our venture up the hill, which wasn't a bad hike at all. Some nice shacks around the area. The hint convinced me to focus on a particular area which was wrong and Nostrada found it. The container was a little wet inside. TNLNSL. Thanks.

I Can't Drive....21?

By: Team_J Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Found this 7 mph sign (apparently for bicyclists) on a hike in Belgatos Open Space Preserve in Los Gatos, California. Today I would have advised a much slower speed as the trails were very muddy.

On the Right Track

By: Log Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

10:29 am - Apparently we weren't on the right track to find this one because we ended up wandering through the woods and finding the trail we should have taken. Oh well. It was an easy find and we found another interesting container right next to it. Took an 8-ball keychain and left a mini flashlight. Thanks.

Tarmac Trail

By: Log Dog Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:42 am - First cache of the day with Nostrada and MotorBug. As usual MotorBug found it. Signed it and we were on our way up the hill to virtual plethora of caches. Thanks.

Dec 20, 2003

Digits

By: PhilippeGPS (now managed by WeBeDnD) Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

8:43 am - This was an interesting puzzle. I thought about how to solve it by hand for a little while, then decided I didn't want to think that hard. I wrote a program instead and let it churn out the answers for me. It took several hours before it got the last one.
When I put the coordinates together, I was dismayed that it was in that cursed park, the place where straight line distances have no meaning.

I headed out there this morning and tried to find an appropriate place to park. I was about to try one access point when I spotted a map and saw where the
right trail should be and realized I wasn't near it. So I got back into the car and drove for a while, not finding the trail, so I made a U-turn and parked a short distance from the trail.

It was a nice morning and a good time for a brisk hike. It certainly was a lot longer than the .4 miles that
my GPS said from trailhead, but I made it. I had a little trouble finding it due to the tree cover. I liberated the Yosemite Bear TB, took hint sheet #9 and left nothing.

I'm looking forward to figuring out More Digits now and if my method of solving Digits will be useulf. Thanks!

Operation Futari

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

9:41 am - This was my second attempt at this one. We last tried it in July as part of our "Day of Disaster", attempting several caches in this park, but failing on all of them.
I consulted a satellite map first and thought I saw a road that would take me to the cache. When I got close enough to it, I saw that it was private property, so I had to think of another way.

I headed back down to the access point we used last time, knowing that it didn't take us in the right
direction last time we tried it. I looked across at the trailhead and pondered a bit, preparing myself for some serious buckwacking when I remembered that I had a map of the park in my bag. I checked it and saw something that looked like the trail I needed to take. I jumped back in the car and parke
d at a different spot, then headed up the trail, which seemed v
ery promising.
There were lots of runners on the trails this morning, despite the drizzle. It was a nice hike up and I finally got to a point where it looked like the cache was close. I'm glad I checked the logical places before I started bushwacking as my GPSr read 40 feet at the cache. I took a water ball, lef
t a keychain flashlight and signed the log.

I'm sorry I missed the original multi-stages of this cache, but the hike was nice anyway. Once again, I'm one away from completing The Rat's local caches. Someday...

Dec 17, 2003

Convertibles

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

7:10 pm - I thought this thing kind of looked like a bird. Crawled all around it before I found the plaque. I had some trouble finding the container in the dark, but was eventually successful. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Traffic View

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:30 pm - I had flashbacks of "Old Blue Eyes" when I got to this structure. I started looking where I should have first, but couldn't find it. Went to a place where it shouldn't have been and looked some more. Then I remembered a similar placement I found once. Checked there and found it quickly. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Little House at the Park

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

7 pm - I'm gonna guess this one is missing considering how easy it's supposed to be, and also that I found the only object that matched the hint. Bummer.

Dec 14, 2003

BADGES January Geocaching Dinner

By: BADGES Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Just curious, who are these mysterious figures behind BADGES?

The Great Geek Gravitational Generator

By: fizzymagic Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4 pm - This was one of the easiest puzzle caches I've done. As a matter of fact, I didn't solve it. I just "fell" towards it. SMILIE
No actually I did solve it a long time ago, put the coordinates in my GPSr and have since forgotten how I solved it.

Turned out that retreiving the cache was more challenging than the puzzle. Got to the location and found an unusually high number of people sleeping in their cars. Maybe this grav
itational field has a sedative affect as well? I was able to negotiate around those people and looked in a few spots but didn't find it. Then I spotted a logical spot, but it was "guarded" by a employee on break playing with his cell phone right in front of it. I thought about waiting him out, but t
hen decided to come back later after some other local caches.

When I returned, the employee and the dozers were all gone and I grabbed the cache. Cool container, where can I get some of these? TNLNSL.

Just as I was leaving, I got a call about a lightbulb emergency, so I was able to stop inside for
a bit and save the day.

On the way home, I got excited when I saw a freeway sign for "Caching Parkway". Well, that's at least what I thought it said, it was actually "Cushing Parkway". Clearly I've been doing this too long.

Bayside RC Rocks!

By: squints Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:31 pm - This a cool place. Lots of people around piloting devices of varying transportion methods. Me, I was in the corner looking in all the wrong places. Just as I was starting to get frustrated I accidentally found it. No need to get dirty on this one at least. At the same time Wakka showed up and I spared him the evilness of the hide. Wacka and I chatted for a bit and then we split. Thanks for the cache, just don't do any more like this. SMILIE

Beyond the Picnic

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4 pm - This was an odd puzzle, but I guess I got it. I parked very close by and made a quick dash to the cache. Found it easily and TNLNSL. Sorry I missed the picnic!

Catching the news

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:10 pm - Aha, this time it was right where it should be. Signed the fresh log sheet. Thanks for replacing it.

Lake Elizabeth Outlook

By: Beckerbuns & Boys Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

4:27 pm - I came over from Beyond the Picnic but had some trouble finding a cohort to take my picture, so I nearly left. Then good 'ol Mom and Dad came to the rescue. It took a couple of tries to get in the right spot and get a clear picture, but that's me, cell phone in one hand, GPSr in the other. Nice lake for sure.

Mission M & M cache

By: Marky Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:45 pm - This was a cool area I had never been to before. I gotta come back sometime and check out the mission. Anyway after doing a couple of u-turns I found parking very close to the cache. Saw the memorial. Just as I was about to start looking a couple started walking by. I waited for them to pass, then went for the cache, finding it quickly. When I came back up to sign it, I realized the couple had stopped at the memorial. They immediately asked if it was mine, since I was loitering about. "Uh, no." TNLNSL. Thanks.

Dec 13, 2003

Arastradero Path

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

4:30 pm - Nice path. We made a quick stop here on the way to more Christmas-related activities. Found it easily. Took a superball and left a mini flashlight. Thanks.

Alien Message

By: Winini Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Micro

3:46 pm - Well, I'm still not sure I understand the puzzle, but I guess that's not required anymore. Great spot. We had never been here before, but it's clearly not a secret by the number of people around. We took the shorter route and had a nice distraction from all the Christmas chaos. Thanks.

Dec 11, 2003

Take a ride on the trolley

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

7:02 pm - We've been working on this one for quite a long time. We did the first one (Lockheed Martin) almost 7 months ago. As we expanded our caching radius, we've been picking up others until last weekend when I finally picked up Snell and Branham so I had all the information I needed.
We still have one go to (Cottle), but we'll pick that up eventually anyway when we're in the neighborhood.
We drove to all of them (some of them multiple times) except for Moffett Park and Lockheed Martin which we walked to. We still have yet to ride the light rail, but we really should one day. I wish the nearest station wasn't exactly halfway between my house and my office.

It wasn't until recently
that I even bothered to look at all the words we've been writing down and try to figure out what they meant. That part was easy though.

With the Red Ryder travelling cache to dispose of, I thought this would be the right night ride the trolley, so to speak. Found close parking (unlike my last time
in the area) and found the cache easily - maybe a little too easily. It wasn't really covered and there was evidence of geomuggles around. All the contents were intact though.

It's been a while since I've found a cache with so much quality stuff in it. I took the wire cutters as mine seem to have r
un away some time ago and left two mini flashlights and a (wrapped) toothbrush in addition to Red Ryder (which isn't red at all). I tried to cover up the cache a bit better, but it's still kind of out there.

Thanks for all the work put into this series. It was fun and felt like quite an accomplishm
ent to finish it.

Dec 10, 2003

Can You See Me Now?

By: peachey Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:10 pm - My portable UV light ($10.23 including shipping) arrived yesterday. Thanks for the excuse to buy a new toy. I ran around the house last night looking all kinds of stuff under the light. Looks like the cat has been throwing up again.
Anyway, Nostrada was interested in taking advantage of my toy, so we arranged to meet to take care of this one. We got to work and the first thing that popped out was not the cache, but a caterpillar which was glowing bright yellow under the light. While I was looking all around with my light, nos
trada found it with his regular flashlight. Doh!

Took us a little while to figure out that it opened up, then getting the paper back in was even more difficult.

Now my question is, what the heck is this thing supposed to be used for? Some kind of spy tech?

Catch Some Air Too

By: bykenut Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:30 pm - I've definitely been to this park a couple times before. No one around tonight and I surprised myself by finding the cache in the first place I looked. Getting all the contents back in was definitely a challenge. Thanks for the quick one.

Red Ryder

By: Just a Short Walk Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Micro

Uhh, yeah. It all happened EXACTLY like nostrada described. Sure.
Placed it in GCFF2B, "Take a Ride on the Trolley". It's a puzzle cache, so I can't post the coordinates, but it's not far from its last stop.

Red Ryder

By: Just a Short Walk Difficulty: 5.0 Terrain: 5.0 Container: Micro

Gee, I didn't know there was a cache at mmp's house. What's the waypoint?
Sometimes I get the urge to do some night caching around 2 am. I'm sure you won't mind strange geocachers lurking around your backyard at that time, right mmp? ;-)

Dec 7, 2003

Fountain of the Dog

By: Marky Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10 am - This was likely the easiest cache we've ever done. Some of the members of the fellowship picked it up and delivered it into our hands. They seemed to have no reservations about grabbing it with others walking about!
We did attempt this one before though, so I'm gonna say it counts. The coordinates we had seemed be a bit off and we were looking in the wrong place last time. Thanks.

The Two Towers

By: mbrill Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - What a way to get cache #400! The fellowship regrouped to tackle this one and met with much success. It was great to meet some of the cachers we haven't met before including the infamous Rat.
The first stage was a quick but interesting hike. We made it back to our transport just in time before the rain really started coming down. After working on the answers for a while, we decided to take shelter in a nearby village. There was no room in the local pub, so we settled for some benches i
n the town square. MotorBug endangered the mission by informing strangers of our quest, but the stranger did not appear to be a spy of Sauron. After picking up another nearby cache, we had coordinates to hit the marshes.

Stage two was near our home, so we helped direct the group to the cache. We h
ad an easy but long hike to the cache and took the loop back. The stench of Orcs was in the air we saw evidence of their slaughters on the trail. Heading back SilverDollar obsessively worked on the challenge presented to us and by the end, she had solved it. mmp provided some of the other answers an
d we had the final coordinates. We headed home quickly to pick up a map, clothing and first aid for our fellow cachers. When we reunited with the group, a few of our travelers were fatigued and vowed to continue the quest another day. We bade them a good journey started the long trek to the hills.
The travel to the third stage was frought with peril including mmp's near collision of his mighty mustang with another steel horse. The winding trail finally brought us to meet up with the continuing members of the fellowship. The hike to the cache was easy, but we feared the trip back. We only rea
lized too late that it would be advantagous to park our horses at both entry points. The young Nate found the cache quickly while MotorBug fought through the thicket. We took many memories from this cache and left a lot of calories and sweat, but nothing else.

We appreciated the companionship of t
he fellowship, especially on the puzzles where our meager knowledge of the subject was of little help.

Thank you mbrill for the classic cache. It was definitely both more mentally and physically challenging than the first one. We look forward to the final installment and maybe even the prequel!

Dec 6, 2003

Branham Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:57 am - #5 of 5 on my morning of revenge, visiting caches I had previously failed to find.
I saw the guard's car, but he was nowhere to be seen today. THis cache was well hidden. I checked the location a couple times before I finally found it. Thanks!

The Cache With No Name

By: Boba Fett Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

8:09 am - #1 of 5 on my morning of revenge, visiting caches I had previously failed to find.
I was surprised how quickly I found it this time. Then again I had some very explicit help on this one as the description and hint are very misleading. No need to dig around though.

Not during the week

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:24 am - #3 of 5 on my morning of revenge, visiting caches I had previously failed to find.
With some help I was able to find this one pretty quickly. I had trouble accessing the cache and I wasn't able to put it back exactly where I found it, but it's close and still consistent with the hint. Glad to get this one off my list!

Snell Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:20 am - Went a little out of my way to grab this one, the last one I need to figure out the trolley coordinates. No guard around today. I had some trouble finding this one as it was hidden well and there were lots of objects interfering with GPS reception. Thanks.

Benchmark Moon

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:39 am - #4 of 5 on my morning of revenge, visiting caches I had previously failed to find.
With some help I realized that on my last attempt the object I found was not a benchmark. Not having seen many benchmarks in my life, I thought what I had found was a very old and worn benchmark. I found the real benchmark quickly and got the final coordinates easily. I had more trouble getting th
e cache container out of its hiding spot than anything else. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Watto's Junk Yard Cache.

By: Boba Fett Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:15 am - #2 of 5 on my morning of revenge, visiting caches I had previously failed to find.
This time I knew where to park and there weren't many people around. Spotted it in the second place I looked. Thanks.

Dec 4, 2003

Token Gesture

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

6:37 pm - It was very strange to be in this park in the dark and rain with no other cars around. I checked on my own cache on the way to this one. Found it without much difficulty. I'm glad I brought my headlamp! TNLNSL. Thanks for the gesture!

Ames Geocache

By: astrochem Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:53 pm - I wasn't sure what kind of security they had here, so I was a bit worried about people thinking I was sneaking around a federal air base. No one bothered me though and I found the cache pretty quickly. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Dec 3, 2003

Catching the news

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

So, what's the news on this one?

Fast Food Toy Swap

By: Green Machine Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

3:48 pm - Did this cache while visiting "home" for Thanksgiving from Cal-e-fornya.
Hey, this was a nice park that I never thought to visit. It looks like they're making a lot of improvements to it too. My GPRs hated the cache location, but eventually I found it in a logical spot. Took a tennis ball, left a mini flashlight. Thanks!

Silicon Valley Slept Here

By: Marty Fouts Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

7:11 pm - Can I get the FTFIAY on this one - First To Find In a Year? :-)
I had been to two of these waypoints before for other caches, but I went back to collect the required information. Fun cache and easy enough. Thanks.

Nov 26, 2003

Manchester Riverwalk

By: Svargon Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

4:05 pm - This was a nice walk. Cool tiles around the flowerbed. We were first confused when one of the poles was missing a number, but we interpolated from the surrounding poles. Then we reached a junction, but wasn't sure it was the one described and ended up going to the wrong way. We doubled back, and then found the real fork and the last pole.
It took us a little while to find the cache with all the leaf cover. Took a phone untangler and left a keychain flashlight. Thanks!

Bridges???

By: Owenses, Dean & Nancy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:23 pm - The last time I was here was over 10 years ago when these trails made up part of my high school's home cross-country course. This was a nice walk. We found the first waypoint OK, though I was a bit surprised at the geo-graffitti. We had more trouble with the second waypoint, but eventually found it. Then we misread one of the numbers and almost headed off into the wrong direction. Correcting our error, we found the cache pretty easily. TNLNSL.
On the way back to the car, we stopped by the trestle which I hear may be converted into a bike trail. After one cross country practice, we decided to jump off the trestle. (It wasn't fenced in like it is today.) I got up my nerves to make the jump and it was fun. On the way out of the water, I fe
ll off one of the stones and onto the dirt, landing my palm in a broken beer bottle and gushing blood. The coach drove me home and after that the cross-country team was not allowed to jump off the trestle anymore. SMILIE

Nov 23, 2003

Dr. Mahoney Baloney

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:35 pm - This was my third trip here and I doubt I would have found it if it wasn't falling out a little bit. Geez, this was a toughie. Nicely done.

Nov 22, 2003

No Trespassing!

By: justincredible76 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Why not just add a new log sheet?

Nov 21, 2003

Salt and Pepper

By: Tonton-Ca Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

1:51 pm - Drove through "Sameville" to find salt and nabbed it after a few minutes. I really wish I knew about this cache before I did the other cache that's on the the way. I did some other caches and came back later when the coast was clear.
Lots of interesting highway trash on the way. I couldn't help but feel that I shouldn't be here. At the final location I had some trouble finding it. Falling leaves are definitely going to make caches more challenging in the next few months. I took a few steps back to get a clear signal and finall
y zeroed in on the cache. It was nice that I knew what kind of container I was looking for.

Took some marbles and a skeleton head I accidentally put in my pocket. Left a mini flashlight. Thanks for the cache.

Rocky's twin (new location)

By: Tonton-Ca Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

10:11 am - This one wasn't hard at all. Parked a few blocks away. Took marbles, left a mini flashlight. Thanks.

All alone

By: Tonton-Ca Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

10:30 am - Parked near another cache in the area and hoofed it over here. There were some landscapers mowing the lawn who tested my resolve to get this cache. I walked past them, then over to the wall and down. I wonder what they thought I was doing. Strange little area. Found the cache easily. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Silence of the Lambs

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. & Zoo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

3:46 pm - I spotted this one pretty quickly and grabbed when the coast was clear. TNLNSL. When I went to put it back, I realized I completely missed seeing the woman at the counter in the store right in front of the cache. I waited until she was distracted before I made a quick move to replace it.
Baaaaaaaa.

Branham Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I pulled into the parking lot here and got out to grab the cache when the guard came out of the portapotty. I immediately did an about face and headed back to my car. She came over and asked if everything was alright in a way that made me think she really just wanted me to leave. So I got back in my car and with her standing behind watching me, I drove off. Next time I guess.

Lobster Tale

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. and Zoo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:21 pm - We've been meaning to try this place out. Maybe we will soon. Easy find on the cache although it was covered with cobwebs. Thanks.

"Skid A Ma Rink"

By: Team Weirdwonz & Weird-O Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3:09 pm - Great camo on this one. Even when I was staring right at it, I wasn't sure if I had actually found anything. Left a mini flashlight and a rubber skeleton head, left a squishy blowfish. Thanks.

Gone Buggy

By: Team Weirdwonz and Weird-O Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3:30 pm - I tried two alternate access points to the cache, one which was blocked by the water and another by the fence. I thought about trying to hop the fence, but all the no tresspassing signs told me that was probably not a good idea. I went to the suggested parking area and did some other caches, then convinced myself to walk back up the right way on this cold and blustery day. On the way there, I found a hole in the fence that would make for a slighly shorter walk at 37'15.082 121'52.229. The bird nests under the freeway were neat.
When I got to the cache spot I was frightened by a huge ant which turned out to be plastic and apparently left outside the cache. I grabbed the cache and it came open, so I guess it wasn't closed properly. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Canoas Flock Revived

By: DR Doolitte (adopted by viperfin and CA Poppi Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:52 am - On my third attempt at this one, no one was having a picnic. Thank god. Found it pretty quickly, signed and I was off on this crisp autumn day! Thanks.

Urban Assault #16

By: Ruprex and his Girl Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:56 pm - Found the location OK, but then had to wait for a cop to leave the area. Pretended to talk on my cell phone for a while until he left. Made a quick grab for it. It was a little wet, but still loggable. Thanks.

Almaden Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:10 pm - I drove to this one from some nearby caches. Found it easily though I didn't need this one to get the final coordinates - I figured out what it must be. Fun series. Thanks.

Dr. Evil's Kitten Kaboodle

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. and Zoo Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

1:09 pm - This was my second time looking for this one, but only the first time with the description! I looked around for a few minutes and then headed in a direction away from where my GPSr was pointing me where I think I found the cache. It was pretty much out in the open and completely empty. I tried to cover it up a little better, but I had no idea how it was originally hidden. The container is still in great shape though.

Benchmark Moon

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was my first benchmark find. How do you log these things? Anyway, I found the benchmark and found the object above and some numbers, but nothing that matched the description, so I'm confused.

No Trespassing!

By: justincredible76 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

12:49 pm - I made my second attempt at this one today and this time I found much better parking, sneaking through a hole in the fence. When I got near the cache, creepy guy on a bike showed up and was little too friendly. I started looking, but he stopped nearby, so I waited behind a tree until he took off.
I began to look in the place where I looked last time and then decided to try a different angle when I saw it very visible and in a very different place than what's described in the hint. I prefer the new location though; no need to get dirty. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Watto's Junk Yard Cache.

By: Boba Fett Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:40 am - I don't think I've even found one of Boba's caches. Today I spent way too much time looking in the wrong place, then I found the right place, but there were too many people looking at me suspiciously. One guy would take a few steps, look back at me, take a few more steps, take a look. He kept doing that. I'll be back at a less busy time.

Gone But Not Forgotten

By: Johnnyb5 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

11:03 am - It was a pleasant day to be here today. I found the cache pretty quickly. No one was around. TNLNSL. On the way out I noticed this place has a special memorial for 9/11. Thank you for the cache.

Nov 20, 2003

Stop and Rest

By: Kaveh, Team Bench Leader Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Purely for the benefit of Geocaching, I will grab this one this evening and place it in a more appropriate location.
No one else need attempt this one as I will use my experience of 3 previous DNFs to track this one down. SMILIE

Stop and Rest

By: Kaveh, Team Bench Leader Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6 pm - I've never had to reserve a cache before, but it seemed to work this time. Even with some specific instructions from Nostrada I missed entry to the cache and had to make two u-turns to get back to the right place. I felt very conspicious standing there while the traffic was stopped next to me, so I had to wait until the cars were whizzing by to make my move. Finally I've grabbed this cache!
I've placed this cache in a nice place to stop and rest. I tried to place a regular cache here once, but it was plundered after a few days. I found a nice spot for this micro though, very close to another cache in the park. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2003

Erected 1910

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:35 pm - This was my second attempt at this one. Last time I looked too quickly where I found it tonight and spent way to much time looking in a more interesting place and ran out of time.
Once I found it tonight and got out a pen, something happened that's never happened to me before - I lost the cache. I thought I might have put in my pockets accidentally, but it wasn't there. After a few moments of panic, I saw it right where I had left it - my shadow had made it nearly invisible
.

Thanks for the cache!

Nov 15, 2003

Marble Madness

By: cth+js Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

12:11 pm - Had a some friends in town, so I took one of em out to do a cache after an errand. The hint didn't apply to me, but I was able to spot it after on a few minutes of searching. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Menlo Circus

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:19 pm - We enjoyed touring the neighborhood while we made our way to this cache. I found it after a few minutes, but waited for Rob to see it before I grabbed it. It took him a while from his perspective. TNLNSL. Thanks.

...smells just as sweet.

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

4:04 - Snuck this one in while giving some visiting friends a tour of the area. They didn't mind the rose garden at all. Found it with the hint; TNLNSL. Thanks.

Nov 12, 2003

Stop and Rest

By: Kaveh, Team Bench Leader Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:52 pm - My third attempt and third DNF on this one. I wonder who picked it up and hasn't logged it yet this time. Interesting that it ended up in the same park that it was in two stops ago.

Nov 9, 2003

History of Los Gatos

By: spyder woman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - Got to stage two, but couldn't figure find the name of the fountain. For some reason this place was closed today.

Forbes Mill Cache

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

4:50 pm - This was a nice cache to finish our tour of downtown Los Gatos. The rain didn't slow us too much, even though we didn't find optimal parking. Found the cache pretty quickly. Took a nerf ball, left a light-up pen. Took some cool trails right back to the car. Thanks.

Hangmen in Turn

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3 pm - Easy find once we were in the right place. A little bit of rain kept the park pretty empty. TNLNSL. This isn't the only cache in this park, but I won't tell! SMILIE

Fear and Loathing In Los Gatos

By: aargnpopo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:53 pm - This one looked pretty tough, but we found it after only a few minutes even with the guy talking on his cell phone right on the other side of the wall. Forgot to read the story of the location though - oops! Thanks.

le chat est all postal

By: aargnpopo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:16 pm - Interesting container on this one. It was pretty wet. Thanks.

Arc of Art

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

4:06 pm - Repeat after me - Marky and Joani do not hide caches in ivy. Marky and Joani do not hide caches in ivy. Marky and Joani do not hide caches in ivy.
The GPSr was not liking this area, but we found it eventually. Very creative hide. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Cat's Hill

By: bykenut Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

3:14 pm - At least that hill is short. Had some trouble finding the first waypoint as the GPSr wasn't cooperating on this rainy and overcast day. We enjoyed touring the neighborhood and finding the cache. There were some people working on a car right near the cache, so I had to be quick. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Nov 7, 2003

Stop and Rest

By: Kaveh, Team Bench Leader Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:37 pm - Tried to track this one down again, but it seems someone else has picked it up already. Grrr. Now I know why they don't allow moving caches anymore.

Nov 5, 2003

MAYA'S TIME

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7:20 pm - I don't usually go out caching in the dark, nevermind in the rain, but I had some time to kill, so I thought I've give this one a try. I found the cool clock OK. I had trouble understanding the questions, but I made some guesses and ended up in probable spot, close enough that I could see something that looked like the object described in the hint. Found it quickly after that. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Ma and Pa Stanford's Old Red Barn

By: PisoMojado Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:47 pm - Quick find on this one in the dark and rain. Took nothing, left BGOR TB. Thanks.

Stop and Rest

By: Kaveh, Team Bench Leader Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:53 pm - Well, I played my hand on this one for a few minutes. Apparently, I lost. [:(]

Nov 3, 2003

Marble Madness

By: cth+js Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

No wonder Kablooey has found the time to locate over 1,000 caches - he's on 26-hour days!

Nov 2, 2003

scout orchard

By: Oclie Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

10:40 am - We gave this one another try today, with the help of The Fellowship. This time I researched it throughly beforehand. I figured out where we needed to park and the parking coords were right on. I had nearly recovered from a really bad case of poison oak I got when I tried this one two weeks ago. SilverDollar gave me some TechNu just in case. mmp pointed us in the right direction and we headed off. It was a pretty quick walk to the cache, especially as we were distracted sharing caching stories.
I got within a foot of the cache but didn't see it. MotorBug found when he looked in the same spot. TNLNSL. Didn't see any poison oak, but I did get some burrs again, but nowhere near the last time, so I was thankful for that. There was a nice view from top.

Somehow on the way back the ladies (bo
th without a GPSr) led the way and we took a wrong turn somewhere. They did run into a deer though.

We got back to the parking lot where there were a bunch of people painting the scenery. mmp was waiting for us and the Fellowship reunited to continue on our quest. Thanks for the cache.

Fellowship of the Ring

By: mbrill Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

1:41 pm - We got the LOTR trilogy on audio CD for Christmas last year and we've been slowly listening to it, and trying to listen for answers to the puzzle. This cache was not one I was immediately concerned with though as there are plenty of closer ones, but when I got the call from nostrada to join the Fellowship, we couldn't resist.
The Fellowship gathered at dawn (OK, 9 am) near the first calculated coordinates. We headed up to the cache and found it without difficulty. We were initially shocked at the new challenge presented to us, but the Fellowship was brave and tackled it with fervor. We figured out the answers after muc
h collaboration and headed to the next calcuated waypoint. When we arrived, we realized were with in the wrong place.

Nostrada made a call to wise old Gandalf who it turns out made the same mistake. We rechecked our calculations and headed to the Mines, thankfully only a mile away from our incorre
ct coordinates.

This was another quick hike into a nice park we hadn't been to before. Others in the park were looking at us strangely, probably because we were this large and varied group of people wandering around in the hills. We found this cache without too much trouble, then began to figure ou
t the next set of puzzles. I sure was appreciativ
e that others knew the books much better than we did. It was also helpful to have copies of the book on hand to look up answers. We were able to help recheck the answers and make some corrections to calculate a final location that looked very promising. After replenishing ourselves with some foodstuffs, we headed out to what we guessed was the last challenge.
At the final waypoint, we realized that we need to cross the river, but we were unsure of which way to go. North looked shorter, but it wasn't clear if there was a passage we could use. We knew there was a bridge to the South, but it was definitely further. We debated for a while until I just empt
ied my pockets, handed off my backpack and ran North to see if that was feasible. It turns out it was, and I signaled from the other side for the rest of the Fellowship to follow. I looked for the cache while the rest caught up, but without a GPSr, I wasn't sure where it was supposed to be. Once som
eone with a GPSr arrived, we found it quickly.

It would have taken just the two of us a long time to do all of this cache on our own. With the group, we did it in about 5 hours including bagging scout orchard as well and stopping in the wrong spot for Moria Mines.

Thanks to Nostrada for getting t
he Fellowship together and mbrill for a great cache. We had a great time associating the faces behind the names I've seen in the logs so many times. Many of them were actually quite different than I had imagined!

We're looking forward to reuniting with the Fellowship to conquer The Two Towers! Than
ks.

Nov 1, 2003

San Jos Public Library - Educational Park Branch

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:56 am - Well, it's not the first time I tried to find a cache that hadn't been found in a long time, gave up, convincing myself it was gone, then hours later someone else finds it.
Thanks to surfingmonkeys and fredericxx for making the cache accessable again.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game (San Jose)

By: Flight505 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:26 am - Well, baseball season is over now, but that didn't stop me from nabbing this one.
My own professional baseball career was cut short at the age of 15 when I caught a ball in the temple and in the mouth in the same season. After that, I decided it was time to retire. I just recently had the dental work completed to fix the chip I lost in my tooth.

Anyway, I had fun figuring out
the answers to the puzzle a while ago. Today as I went for the cache, things didn't look too promising as there was a football game going on and parking was restricted. Once I found the right parking lot, a attendant asked me if I was there for hockey (and not football). "Sure!" I said and drove off
. Found the cache without much difficulty. Left nothing and found a baseball nearby. Thanks!

Bill's Dental Work Cache

By: The Rooster Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

10:06 am - I didn't really get this one at first and went walking around in the wrong place where some homeless people had apparently been living. Then I got an idea for where it could be. I tried finding a place where I could see the cache, but was not successful. I ended up just going to where my coordinates zeroed out and finding the cache with trial and error. I found something that seemed out of place and as I grabbed it, I really hoped it was the cache. Otherwise, who knows!
I brought the cach back to my car since I couldn't really sign it there without being very conspicuous. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Emma's Park

By: bykenut Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:28 am - I first tried to approach this one from the other side of the park. I was 70 feet away but there was a locked gate between me and the cache and no way around the fence. So, I went back to the main parking and walked to the cache. It was very strange seeing roosters wandering around the park. I looked for the cache for a while and all I could find was a small lizard, seemingly annoyed at me. Then I looked down and saw the cache on the ground. I signed it and tried to place it as well as I could match the hint, though maybe a bit higher up. Thanks.

Oct 29, 2003

The Organ Park Cache

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:43 pm - Considering I solved the multi and came up with the right coordinates last time I tried this one but didn't find it, I should probably be considered as a brain recipient. I needed a hint to find it, so I went out today hoping I'd have enough time before I had to be somewhere at 5. I almost didn't find it again, but then I probed further in a place I couldn't see from where I reached it. It sure was hidden well. Signed quickly and I was on my way. Finally! Thanks.

A Charming Spot

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:43 pm - After my last failure looking for this one, I went home and looked at a satellite map. The GPSr was almost completely useless here as it was bouncing around and pointing me to the wrong spots. This time I knew where it should be and I found it pretty quickly, again finding a cache without being able to see it. Took nothing, left a bracelet. The log was a little wet but still signable. I was #3. I never did understand the second hint, but it didn't seem to matter. Thanks.

Oct 26, 2003

Resistance is (STILL) Futile...

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

4:55 pm - My memory of how to solve this puzzle faded long ago from the classes I took in college. Luckily a refresher course is easily available on the web. I was also lucky to find the site used to draw the pictures in the puzzle. I solved it two ways and came up with the same answer, so I was pretty sure I got it right.
After 3 consecutive frustrating DNFs earlier in the day, I decided to go out and grab this one as a colsolation prize. As I approached the area, I grew more confident as I saw a very appropriate place for this cache. I started searching and there was an unusually high amount of traffic for this ne
arly-empty parking lot. One car came by very slowly and the people inside were looking at me, so I tried the cell phone trick. It turned out they were cachers and I put my cell phone away, we said hello and we began looking.

I found it soon after, though I'm not sure I would have recognized it if I
hadn't found a similarly camouflaged cache. TNLNSL and chatted with the other cachers for a while before we went on our way. Thanks for the cache.

A Charming Spot

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

2:30 pm - I worked my way through this puzzle on Friday, make some guesses on ones that I wasn't sure of and came up with some coordinates that looked pretty good. Since I've probably seen only 1/2 an episode ever, I was pretty proud of myself. I had no idea there were was such a large and devoted following to this show. I considered posting the questions on some message board and letting a ravenous fan work it all out for me.
Anyway, I confirmed my coordinates with SpiderWoman. I found myself in the
area today, so I thought I'd give it a try. After spending a fruitless hour searching for Flyway Rest Stop, I though this would be a nice consolation. No such luck. Searched in the areas that seemed to be indicated by the hint and found nada. I'm sure I'll find an excuse to be around here again soon, so I'll be back.

Flyway Rest Stop

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

1 pm - I wasn't sure where to park for this one, but I guess we managed to find the right spot near the dump. We had a nice walk out to the cache site. We've been on this trail before, but coming from the other direction. As we got close, we saw some girls sitting close to the cache chatting away. After 20 minutes or so, they left and I started to look. I looked here, there and over there for about an hour and couldn't find it. I got partially wet trying to be super thorough, but I sure couldn't find it. It was a nice walk though.

SGC San Jose

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:35 am - It seems there a lot of TV-show themed caches popping up latetly! I've been by this place a few times on my way to and from other caches. Found it without much difficulty in the cool spot. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Hiding Places

By: DustBlazer Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:22 am - I stared at this one for many hours before I asked DustBlazer for a hint. The hints didn't really help much and I stared at the puzzle for a while longer without success. Finally, during one particularly boring meeting I pulled out this puzzle and I got it almost right away.
I didn't quite park in the right place for this one, but it was a quick walk away. Found the cache without much difficulty. Thanks.

Warburton-A Santa Clara Park

By: shoeluvr Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:08 am - This park was full of people at 8 am. There was an older Indian woman who was really into a swing, some people all ready for an early-morning party/barbeque and a girl who was performing some kind of exercise that involved mostly hopping up and down.
Found the cache pretty easily. Thanks.

HERE's the Beef, Frank!

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:55 am - From the description, I was expecting a different kind of establishment, so much that I drove right by this place. After a U-turn I made my way into the parking lot. I looked in the typical places and didn't find it, so I tried them all again and found it. For some reason, this always happens to me on WeBeDnD caches. I look once and can't find it, then the second time I look it's there.
My favorite time to come here is right at 10 am when it opens. You've got about 20 minutes before it gets completely crazy. I've never gotten the beef here, but the pretzels are great! Thanks.

Shark Bite

By: cth+js Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - I wasn't sure where the parking lot was, so I parked on the street where I shouldn't, but there wasn't anybody around. I was about to head the cache when a large man employed by the pavilion started walking my way very slowly. I waited for him to pass then started looking. Found it after a few minutes. Didn't have anything appropriate to trade, so TNLNSL. Thanks.

San Jos Public Library - Educational Park Branch

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10 am - I was apprehensive about trying for this one since it hasn't been found it two months and these library caches have a way of going missing. I checked the locations indicated by the hint (I think), but couldn't find it.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Venus

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:42 am - The coords were boucing all over the place here but I found it eventually. The cache was a little wet, which made me appreciate the rite-in-the-rain paper. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Mercury

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:22 am - I hesitated as I approached this one as there was a cop in his car sitting in the parking lot. I opted to park on the street and walk towards a spot to look for the cache. I couldn't find it (the highway above the area didn't seem to help), so I decided I need to get on the other side of the fence. I walked casually by the cop, expecting him to stop and question me at any minute. He didn't, and I made it over the other side. I couldn't find it there either. Then I read the hint and realized I was in the wrong place. I widened my search this time and found it without much trouble. Thanks.

I Still Know

By: Maverix Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:01 am - There were about a hundred homeless people in this park today. It's sure obvious when you're in the right place. Found it, signed it and got out of there as quickly as I could.

Oct 23, 2003

We Won!

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:52 pm - I've been by this park many times on my way to the money pit across the street. In order to conserve daylight, I decided to head out to this one straight from work, rather than stopping home and picking up my GPSr. I figured the park was small enough that I didn't need it. As I drove close to it, I saw a guy finishing his dinner in the park and another guy speaking on cell phone who looked like he was a cacher waiting for the coast to be clear.
Got to the park and the guy had finished his dinner. Turned out it was DavidT21 looking for the cache. While he was trying to get a signal on his GPSr, I started to look. The people on the other side of the fence were in their backyard, so it was difficult to search near that area. After a while I
found it with much trial and error. I nearly did lose it since I couldn't actually see it when I grabbed it. Signed the log, passed it on to DavidT21 and then we chatted for a bit.

Thanks for the cache.

Oct 22, 2003

Tiny Tennis

By: Green Gables Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7 pm - Second try on this one and I found it. I'm really bad at this type of hide, but with few people around, I had a much easier time. I was running late, so TNLNSL. Thanks.

Oct 19, 2003

The Source

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:10 am - When I saw the title of this one, I immediately made a guess on how to solve it. I had been trying that method with some other caches recently. Sure enough, I solved it easily. Someday I hope to finish reading the interesting story!
I arrived at the location today, but I couldn't remember the text description of the location and ended up guessing. I searched the area thoroughly. I tried to look up the location again on the spot, but my Treo didn't allow me to solve it again. Now that I have access to the description again, I'
ve confirmed I was looking in the right spot, so I think it's gone missing.

Update: 4:30 pm - We needed to make a Wal-mart run later in the day, so I made a quick stop to look for this one, now that I was sure where it was. I looked in all the same places and then I found it. The silly thing is, it
was the same exact placement as another WeBeDnD cache that I found without any problems. Oh well, thanks for the puzzle.

Tiny Tennis

By: Green Gables Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - There were some regular-sized people playing in the tiny courts and I couldn't get close enough to search. I'll come back some other time.

Code Breaker

By: DavidT21, Fisherwoman, Chrissy_SkyKing and Bl Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

9:50 am - I solved this one the night it came out. I found that it was a lot easier to see the solution rather than listen to it.
After making some wrong turns and finding a surprisingly nice condo development in East Palo Alto, I found the park, which I hadn't known about before. I nearly fell over when I slipped coming off the trail. Found the cache easily, TNLNSL. Thanks for the creative puzzle.

Amjitsu

By: Thefogheads Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:30 am - My GPSr got kinda confused here and I ended up searching in the wrong place for a while. I decided to ignore it and then found it quickly. Thanks.

Snail Mail

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

8:48 am - This was an easy puzzle and my first hunch on the solution was correct. I was a little wary of the coordinates though as when I first saw this one, I expected it to be at another place up the road in theme with the cache.
I tried to make this one a drive up, but failed. I couldn't find it in the first place I looked, so I went to another likely spot where I found a surprise - a hornet nest. It looked to be abandonded, so I was OK. I finally decided to park. The first place I looked had to be the right place, so I l
ooked again and found it this time. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Ranked #9

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

3:21 pm - Wow, this was a nice Taco Bell! For some reason all the batteries I brought with me were nearly dead, so I had to zero in on this one fairly quick. I found the location ok, but became too preoccupied with a certain spot, no matter how strange I must have looked to people driving by. I went back to the car to read the logs, which didn't point out anything obvious. There was a lot of construction going on in the area, so I feared it might be gone, but since it was found two days ago probably not. All the construction had chruned up a lot of dirt, so I got really dirty thorougly searching the area. Finally, I found it. Cool container. I've seen one of these only one other time. I only wish there was more room inside them. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Beach Comber's

By: The Robot Family Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

2:21 pm - We're pretty bad at actually reading descriptions before we get to caches and this one was no exception. We parked at the wrong beach, but climbed over the hill anyway. We weren't sure if we should take the high or low road. Good thing they both ended up at the cache.
We found the cache after a few minutes of looking. It was wedged in there very well and it took a bit of deconstruction to get it out. We took the Fish TB and left a nylon frisbee. Thanks!

Harold and Maude

By: Maddy & Kent Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:06 pm - One of the few things we miss about living in LA is being only a few minutes of the beach. While it sure isn't that far away from where we live now, it's far enough that we don't get there regularly anymore.
Considering all that, we enjoyed this cache quite a lot. We had a great hike up to this point and enjoyed the view from the top of the cliff. I had some trouble finding the cache as my GPSr was pointing 20 feet down from where I eventually found it. There were lots of bushes to look under, but it
was quite obvious when I found the right spot.

I brought the cache down to where Anne was sitting and she started going through its contents. She found the popping hulk fist, not realizing its popping ability and launched it directly into my eye. Ouch.

We took a pink koosh guy and left a ring. O
n the way out I found a strange collection of bones. Some of them were pretty large, so I'd guess it was from an animal at least the size of a large dog. Very odd.

Thanks for the cache and nice location!

Oct 18, 2003

Jar of Attraction

By: kablooey Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Small

5:30 pm - I worked through this one a few months ago, visited the first couple of waypoints, decoded the puzzle and figured out the theme.
On July 26 we went to find this cache, but were successful only in getting ourselves covered in painful burrs.

Later THAT DAY, kablooey replaced the cache in the exact spot we were looking. Apparently it had gone missing, even though there were no logs that indicated as such.

Today we found it
easily and left an item in theme, taking nothing. We also left some paper as a log sheet as there wasn't one. Thanks!

Met Creep yet?

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

1:08 pm - Once again I "knew" where this one was, ignored my GPS, and ended up looking fruitlessly for a while, trying to dodge poison oak. My better half took the GPS and noticed I was searching in the wrong place. The hint then made a lot more sense and we found it easily. Thanks, interesting spot.

scout orchard

By: Oclie Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

5:15 pm - We've had more than a few fiascos during our geocaching adventures, but this one takes the cake. Somehow I imagined this one as a nice walk through a grassy field with a little hill at the end. Not even close.
In July we planned to do this one along with a few others in Stevens Creek Park. We didn't read the description, had an argument about where to park, and then decided to come back to this one after we did some others nearby. We couldn't find any of them, got lost (GPSr coudn't get a signal) and en
ded up in Palo Alto!

Today after doing some other caches in Fremont Open Space Preserve, we came over here to try this one again. We found the parking OK, then wandered around looking for the trail, passing by a group of people singing songs in a language we couldn't understand.

The trail was nic
e and we got within .1 miles of the cache, but we didn't see a way up the hill, so we continued walking. At one point I spotted a small trail, but it didn't seem big enough. As the flat trail became very vertical, we started to wonder if we were going the right way. My hunch was that the trail would
bring us up to the ridge, then we'd walk back down the ridge to the cache. Sure enough, we got to the ridge, and started following the trail directly towards the cache. We arrived at the park boundry gate and the cache was still .1 miles away, with no apparent way to get to it from there. Having re
alized our mistake, we headed all the way back down (and parts up) the trail. We ended up walking 4 miles unnecessarily, though there was a nice view from the ridge.

On the way back, we found a spot .1 miles aw
ay again that looked like a trail. We headed up a bit, only to turn back 490 feet away as the brush got too thick and the terrian too steep. We continued down the trail some more and saw yet another path that could have been a trail. I headed up this one alone. The path quickly dissapeared and I was scrambling up the hill again. After hiking at least 8 miles so far today, I was pretty tired. When I lost the trail again and couldn't find a away around the brush, I turned around, this time 250 feet from the cache. On the way down I suddenly noticed that my legs were feeling prickly. I looked down and found that my shorts, legs, socks and shoes were covered with small burrs. I walked slowly back to the main trail, then we spent about 10 minutes trying to get them off enough so I could walk without pain.
At this point, we decided to give up. We had been hiking for a few hours up steep terrian, and we were very tired. We saw a few other potential trails further down, but didn't attempt them. We did another cache nearby as a colsolation, but I was full of scrapes and burrs. When I got home, I found
the easiest method was to use scissors to get the stubborn ones off my legs.

Overall, this was a painful excersize, partially our fault. Reading all the logs now, I have a better idea of how to get this cache, but it's one we won't soon forget, especially not until I've removed the hundreds of bur
rs from my socks and shoes.

Hanging Around

By: Gymnast8 Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Other

1:48 pm - With a name like gymnast8 and the area were were looking at, we were expecting an adventure to find this one. We began making our way to where we thought the cache would would be when we saw it directly off to our right. Easy find. Thanks.

Midnight Memorial

By: Jim and Cecilia Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:35 PM - We came over to this one from Met Creep Yet. We searched adjacent to the trail for quite a while and then we read the logs to look higher. The cache was so big, it was easy to spot once I got in the right place. I waited for some people to pass then logged our find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Oct 15, 2003

HAIKU PARK

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:04 pm - Last Wednesday evening I was twiddling my thumbs waiting at the Palo Alto train station with 20 minutes to kill. After about 15 minutes, I turned on my GPSr to see if there were any caches nearby. This cache popped up and I saw the parking lot directly across the tracks.
This week I went right for this cache when I realized I had some time to spare. I approached from the wrong direction and couldn't enter the garage from Alma, so I ended up parking in the Caltrain lot.

It took me a while to find the haikus and I was still confused until I saw them on all the lev
els. I got some of the answers, but others I wasn't so sure about. I tried some coordinates, but didn't find the cache. I went and looked at the haikus again, but still couldn't figure out some of the answers, so I decied to try the brute force method. I searched for a long time before I encountered
an object that made sense with the hint. Inspecting throughly I finally found the cache.

Thanks for pointing this one out. Now I know where to park next time I'm caching in downtown PA!

Sleb Slob

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:09 am - I maxed out my vacation time again, so I took a day off to run some errands, do some Geocaching, and watch the Red Sox game.
I figured out the first part of this puzzle pretty quickly, but I had trouble figuring out how to use it. I drove around a few times looking for graffitti, then asked the Rat for help. He got me going in the right direction.

I was momentarily confused as I found some matching graffitti a short di
stance from the cache and I did some unnecessary digging. The correct graffitti is black, not white. Found it shortly after. Thanks for the fun.

Weed-Green

By: Tonton-Ca Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

1:05 pm - As I approached this one, I cringed: lots and lots of ivy. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it very quickly. TNLNSL. I hope this one sticks around!

BULLSEYE!

By: Team BigM Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

12 pm - I found the location OK, but there were some people sitting in car pointed directed at me in the parking lot, so I had to wait for them to leave before I could really search. Found it pretty easily. Left a propeller and took and orange ball. Thanks.

Knick-Knaack Cache

By: Team BigM Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:20 pm - As I drove up to this one, I knew exactly where to look. As I started towards the cache, a long line of kids in gym class started coming around the field doing laps. I had to wait for the slow kids to pass, then I went for the cache and found it easily. I brought it back to my car, signed it, and exchanged a silver ball for a bracelet. As I was doing this, the kids were coming around for a second lap. I again waited for them to pass, pretended to sit down because there was a guy sitting his truck watching me, replaced it, and took off. Thanks.

Inept Idle Activity Multi

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:39 am - I had a good time working through this multi. On the last multi, I forgot some paper, and ended up writing the answers on my hand. This time I remembered some paper and I'm glad I did so I could do all the calculations.
I also appreciate that the projection specified true north. It makes a big difference!

I spotted the cache quickly, but I had a little trouble getting to it. The log sheet is full. Thanks!

Capitol Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:15 pm - I saw the signs to this station as I was driving to some other caches in the area, so I took a little diversion to grab this one. As I was driving through the parking lot, a security car was driving around. She left relatively quickly though and I found the cache in the second place I looked.
Looks like we've done 10 of the stations now. I'm looking forward to finishing this series!

Curtner Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:32 pm - I came back to try this one again, hoping the goodwill truck would be closed. It's wasn't closed, but the guy (different one than last time) was sitting inside the truck, so I was able to sneak around the side and grab the cache. Thanks.

The Amazing Race

By: GeoROCKS! Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Well, I thought I'd note my adventures on this one so far before I forget them. This really is one of our favorite shows, so I was excited to begin this cache.
I haven't been making any particular effort to finish this one, even though it frequently ends up as my "nearest" cache. I've just been hitting each stage as I've been doing other caches in the area.

I did the first stage a couple of months ago. I did a lot of counting and came up with the coords
for the first roadblock. That one was relatively straightforward and a nice walk. I filed away the answer and the coordinates for the detour for my next trip, not realizing that it was very close to the roadblock. Made a return trip and chose "through". That was probably a few weeks ago.

I calcula
ted the first pit stop coordinates and they looked a bit strange. They seemed pretty far out there and it doesn't look like the kind of place I'd want to venture to without being sure I'd find the pit stop there.

I double-checked my answers with Nostrada. They were the same except for the roadbloc
k; he did "Under" and got a different answer. His c
oordinates looked a lot more reasonable though. I decided that I'd try for the fast forward before the pit stop and try to resolve the inconsistency.
Today I was in the area of the fast forward and searched for it for a while, but didn't find it. I don't know if that means someone has taken it, or I just didn't find it. Where are the the red and yellow flags? :-)

I guess I'll think about this one some more, but I think it's probably more likel
y that it'll be archived for whatever reason before I finish it.

Midnight Basketball? Not!

By: TammieTheDog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:09 am - An easy Tammie find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

No Trespassing!

By: justincredible76 Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

12:45 pm - I'm not sure if I trespassed or not on the way to this cache. I'm pretty sure I parked somewhere I shouldn't have, but when I got back, my car was still there, so no harm done.
I found what looked like a perfect spot for this cache and a place that matched the hint. I looked and looked and looked, only to end up with dirty and bloody hands. I'm not sure where else it could be.

Huerta Post

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:23 am - Walked across the street from the library for this one. This was an easy multi. I got some strange looks from the woman with her kids in the park, but I found the cache easily. Thanks.

Oct 14, 2003

Sunnyvale Public Library

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:40 pm - I had half an hour to do this cache before I had to be somewhere. I thought that would be more than enough, but it took a lot longer than I expected.
I arrived at the library and found some numbers for A and B, but they didn't really match the what it said we were looking for. I tried two different catalog systems and both gave the same result. Wandering around somewhat aimlessly in the library I found the patent database and sat down to look u
p those answers. Boy, that system is slow. I'm always amazed how poor the interfaces are on these catalog systems are. Who designs these things?

As I was trying to figure out that patent software, Kreebelle showed up and we decided to join forces. I got the rest of the patent answers from the compu
ter and she found the book. We then tried to find better answers to A and B, but didn't have any luck. Since I was running late, I said I would try the brute force method outside while she investigated further. One of the questions seemed to indicate a particular hiding spot, so we thought knew what
to look for.

I started looking and shortly after Kreebelle popped out. We headed around the building in opposite directions to look. We met up again as we approached an area that looked right, searched for a few minutes and came up empty. I was really running late now, so I ran over to try one mo
re spot. Didn't find it there either, so I said goodbye to Kreebelle and headed back towards my car. About 100 feet away I hear Kreebelle shout that she found it. It was in the last place I looked, I just didn't look hard enough. She graciously let me sign first so I could get on my way.

I think t
he puzzle has some problems, but it's not hard to find without doing all the lookups and calculations. And it was nice to meet another Geocacher. Thanks.

Oct 12, 2003

Edith's Other Trunk

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:58 - This was a really nice park and it was almost completely empty on this warm October day. We looked where I thought it would be, then though of another possibility and found it. Cool container. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Patience

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:27 am - This puzzle was really bothering me as there didn't seem to be anything close to coordinates in the description. But just like so many other puzzle caches, after a while the solution magically presented itself to me after a while. Very cool.
I went out to nab it this morning and the coordinates were leading me to an area that didn't seem appropriate. I walked around a bit and found lots of potential places to look. At that point I wished I had written down everything from the solution.

I went home and checked my coordinates - yup, t
hey were right. I went back and this time found it without too much trouble though the coordinates definitely weren't leading me to the cache. Took a rubber eyeball and left a cork. Thanks!

Oka Slalom

By: Aargnpopo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:43 pm - Found this one in the second place I looked. It was pretty wet despite the ziploc bag. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Magic Squares of Odd Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:17 pm - Solved this puzzle a while ago. It was definitely the kindest of the three in the series. As we approached the cache area, an emaciated kitten appeared, but ran away as we approached it. Poor kitty. Found the cache without too much trouble and headed off to the next Jiffy cache. Thanks.

Magic Squares of Singly Even Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:53 am - I solved this one a while ago on my second attempt. I figured out most of the pattern, but went to the hint to get some clarification. This one was tricky.
When I got there I realized that we had been to this park before. There were some kids playing in the sand and I had trouble accessing the cache without the parents looking at me too weirdly. Finally did get it, signed it and left.

In the process of solving this one, I created very pretty color-
coded excel spreadsheet with a 16x16 magic square in it. It's a shame that no one else will ever see it!

Thanks.

Magic Squares of Doubly Even Orders

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:27 am - I solved this one along with the other magic square caches a while ago. I worked on it for quite a while and had something that appeared to follow the pattern extrapolated from the smaller squares. The only problem was that my square wasn't quite magic. After scratching my head for a long time and rechecking my work, I decided to try another method. I found some code that calculated magic squares, ported it to Java, had my solution and finally understood the pattern.
The cache was right where I expected to be in this nice park. Thanks.

The Finish Line

By: Frankenlurch, Aargnpopo, Mallrat46 & 2 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:36 pm - We had a nice walk to this through this part we hadn't been to before. We looked in some difficult places first, then found it in an easy place. Took a ping pong ball, left a US Flag sticker. Thanks!

Lumber-Room of Your Library

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:20 pm - This was a really cool quiz and I learned a lot of 'useful' stuff. This is yet another of those things that would be nearly impossible without the Internet. We got to the cache area and I got really lucky and found it in the first place I looked. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Krab Louie: A Dish Best Served Cold

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:51 pm - I got the theme of this cache pretty quickly, but it took me a while to figure out the mechanics of it. Some of I I still don't get. This was a very nice tribute.
We got to the cache location which was very nice. Anne guessed where it was but had trouble finding without looking. Once I looked I realized why I couldn't find it - it had fallen down! It seemed to stick fine as I left it though. Thanks for the fun cache!

Gato Grande - Oh the Roar!

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. and Zoo Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

2:23 pm - We walked down the trail from the Los Gatos Creek Cache on this warm day. Lots of walkers and bicyclists around traveling by this raging river. I climbed up and around for a while and got very tired looking for it. Then Anne points and says ''Did you check there?''. I looked inside and there it was. TNLNSL.
Thanks.

Los Gatos Creek Trail

By: tkohler Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

1:53 - Wow, I think this is the oldest cache we've done. I was surprised it's lasted so long when it's so visible. The huge log book is almost full!
We had a very nice walk here across the bridge. I wonder why they took the stairs down from the gazebo.

Took a Mike's Hard Lemonade golf ball and left a plastic pipe connector thingy. Thanks.

Son of Stumpy

By: Rosy3 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3 pm - Very walk in this park. There were some pretty nice 'shacks' in this neighborhood too. I was surprised that my GPSr was able to hold a signal. Found the cache easily. As a bonus, there was a egret standing in the creek just off the bridge. Thanks.

Oct 5, 2003

Bell Air

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

9:32 am - I found the tools necessary for this cache when it came out, but of course I forgot them when I went out to grab caches in this area. Luckily my digital camera is part of my geocaching survival kit and I snapped off a few shots once I found the clue. Decoded it without much trouble last night and then headed out to grab it while running an errand this morning. TNLNSL. It seems that I'm learning all kinds of new languages and codes lately!

Oct 4, 2003

Dont Get Caught!

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:27 am - I've driven by this park many times on the way to and from Ninja caches and I wondered why there wasn't one here. I didn't have to wait long.
I found where the cache was pretty easily. It was just a matter of finding a break in the traffic to access it. I waited for a couple to walk by
verrrryyyy slooowwwwwlllyy and then I grabbed it without trying to make too much noise. Thanks for the quick find.

Commando Bird!

By: Chick-N-Rock & BobbiSue Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:07 pm - Quick cache in this park. Nice container. I sometimes wonder in a post-apocalyptic world what someone (sometthing?) would think if they found this.
''These humans sure were strange!''

Thanks.

Just around the corner

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

10:35 am - I had previously tried this cache and failed miserably. When we ran into Ninja last weekend he offered us a hint. With that in mind, I made a second trip and found it easily. I thought for sure I had looked there last time, but I guess not.
I've been lulled into thinking that once the cache is found the excitement is over. This one had an extra surprise that really made me laugh.

TNLNSL. Thanks.

West Side Story

By: mbrill Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

10:27 am - I had fun visiting these places. If only I had realized this was a multicache a while ago, I would have avoided going repeating trips to these places as I did other caches. I never did find #4, but there was only one value that made sense.
I had a little trouble finding the cache as the hint led me to believe it was elsewhere. Left a Fozzie Pez dispenser and took a refector. Thanks.

Oct 3, 2003

PHOTOSHOOT

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:46 pm - Either the mail is messed up or my bank is lying to me. My landlord didn't get my check this month so I had to go drop it another one. It did give me great excuse to go grab this cache less than a half mile away.
After spending the last few evenings working on similar caches, I had a pretty good idea about what I needed to do for this one. I tried one tool that didn't work. A little virtual tresspassing directed me to the right tool, which was very nice.

The coords are definitely off, but I checked the lo
gs before I left, so I didn't bother with them. There was a guy sitting in his car next to the cache and some sk8tr dOOds hanging out in the parking lot, but neither seemed to be paying attention to me. The cache location provided some plausible reason for me to be there anyway. Found it immediately
, signed it, and I was off. Thanks!

Oct 1, 2003

Secret Garden

By: Spider Woman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7:03pm - #300 - Woo hoo!! Our goal of 365 in one year (Jan 1) is within sight.
Had a good time wandering around here after finding the cache easily. Nice big container. TNLNSL. Is there some king of picnic coming up soon? :-)

Sep 30, 2003

Great Caching Debacle

By: kablooey Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:03 pm - Solved this one a while ago with a very small hint from kablooey. I had some spare time and decided to go up and claim it. Found it pretty easily. I almost thought I needed to squeeze into an interesting place, but then I saw it right in front of me.
Afterwards I did some shopping and picked up a grill for half-price! A successful evening all around. Thanks.

Sep 28, 2003

...by any other name...

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12 pm - I tried this one yesterday but chickened out when I saw some Hindus having a meeting here. Came back today and realized that the spot where the cache was is nicely tucked into a corner. We took some time to wander around the gardens and check out the boards. On the way out we ran into Ninja. We exchanged some stories and some hints before heading off. Thanks!

Sep 27, 2003

A rose...

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:53 pm - I first spotted this place a few weeks ago while doing First Grade. When a cache appeared here I knew where it was. We approached the cache area and found some people picnicing so we took a walk around the roses. After one lap they were still there, so we did another. We got tired of walking so we sat down and waited for them to leave so we could access the cache. They left and we checked the area and the cache wasn't there. Turns out were sitting right next to it the whole time! Oops. Oh well, we got to enjoy the gardens. Thanks.

Toadally Bowers

By: PFKing Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:45 am - I looked in the hard places for this one first and got myself scraped up. With the hint I found it immediately. Interesting container. I didn't really want to unload the whole thing, so TNLNSL. I didn't see any toads or even people in the cache area for that matter.

San Jos Public Library - MLK Main Joint Library

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - Wow, this was one swank library. A GPSr would be helpful just trying to navigate all these books! I liked the counter of checked-out books. After wandering around, we headed for the cache. It was pretty visible where we found it, so we tried to hide it a little better. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Hawaiian Language Lesson #2

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:27 am - I asked around work and found someone with a Hawaiian dictionary. The coordinates came out OK, but my hint was pretty mangled. I got to the cache site and couldn't find it at first. I ended up finding it 90 feet away from where I zeroed out.

Superior Court Quiz

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

2:16 pm - We took the short walk to this one from another of The Rat's government agency quizzes. Nice spot. I feel so educated now. Hopefully knowing about these courts is something I'll never have to use.

Word Police Quiz

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I now fear the Word Police. The garden next to the cache was locked. I can only assume that it's actually a prison for people who misspell. Thanks.

The Little Pictures

By: kablooey Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We gave this one a try while we were in the area. Found the fist picture and wandered in all kinds of directions after that, but couldn't find the others. There was a cool car art thing going on downtown though so we stopped by to take a look at that.

Zoofaunics

By: Maverix Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

5:52 pm - We did some of these by driving by, others by walking. By luck, we found a parking spot directly across the street from the final cache location. The only problem was there was a guy having dinner where the cache was. We waited around and played for a bit until finally he finished his leisurely meal and left. Easy find after that. Thanks for the interesting tour.

Tree Bees Tot Lot Not

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

5:15 pm - We tried this one a little earlier in the day, but there were two people making out in the seats near the cache. We waited for a while, but decided to come back later instead. The coordinates were putting us way off, but it was obvious where the good hiding spot would be. Well hidden. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Shark River

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

4:20 pm - Second try on this one. Once I spotted it, I knew where I had to go, which was mostly away from some of the less pleasant locations near this cache. I was suprised how well it stuck. Thanks.

Pony Loom

By: bykenut Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

3:14 pm - Neat spot. We took some fun pictures, but I don't want to give away the anagram!

Sep 22, 2003

Resistance is Futile

By: componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7:45 pm - FINALLY!!!!!!
Componenx and some other cachers took pity on me and gave me some help in locating this one. I solved the puzzle so long ago, but in a dozen trips out, I couldn't find it. The cache was where I thought it should be and about 5 feet from where I originally looked, but I just couldn't see it. I foun
d it this time in the dark by just grabbing at it. Whew, I'm glad to have this one stop taunting me now. TNLNSL. Thanks!

A Cache of Palindromes

By: EraSeek Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Virtual

7:30 pm - I found this one in a gas station parking lot right behind the headquarters of AMD, the computer chip manufacturer in Sunnyvale, CA. It took a while to find the right spot as my GPSr was fluttering due to some tree cover. The trees were some kind of fruit trees and the fruit got all stuck to my phose. I got a picture of my GPSr, but I wasn't sure if I actually got it on the right coords until I got home. It was dark, so the flash kind of washed it out. I was going to give it another try, but just then an RV pulled into the parking lot.

Sep 20, 2003

Eagle Park

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:58 pm - Quick cache at this park. Missed Marky and Joani by a half-hour, but we ran into them at our next cache. Thanks.

Great Masters

By: cth+js Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:36 pm - How appropriate that at Great Masters we ran into the masters of Geocaching, Marky and Joani. We had a good time checking out the murals. In my high school I remember some murals, but most of them were only half-finished! Marky found the cache and we signed the log, leaving a US Presidents ruler and taking an orange golf ball. We swapped stories for a few minutes with M
&
J and we were on our way. Thanks.

The "Y" in the Road

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

3:17 pm - Whew, it was hot day out there today. It was a nice walk to the cache though. Just as we arrived and started to look, a family came off the trail and sat down right next to the cache for lunch. I was able to grab the cache quickly with the hint then walk up the trail a little bit to sign it. The only problem was putting it back. I stopped in the hiding spot, pretended to tie my shoe and we were out of there. Thanks!

25th Anniversary Cache

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:20 pm - After running into Marky and Joani, it only seemed appropriate to head over to this one next. I had just been through here last week on the way to NykeBut and I thought it was a cool area that should have a cache.
The GPSr was acting weird here - you're 5 feet away here, no over here! Finally it settled down and after looking in the obvious spots I began to expect that something more sinister was going on here. I got an idea, checked a few spots and found it. Very cool. TNLNSL. Happy Anniversary!

Big Liar

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - I've thoroughly enjoyed all of The Rat's puzzles.

A Day At The Races

By: Mallrat46 & 2 & Frankenlurch Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

5 pm - This was my 4th visit to this spot. The first time I just couldn't find it after a long day of caching. It was getting dark, so I went home. The next time there were some cops stopped near the cache area, so I sat nearby for a while and entered some coordinates while I waited for them to leave. They were there a while, so I left to do other caches in the area. I came back later and the cops were gone, but there was a guy sitting in his car, talking on a cell phone right near the cache.
This time the coast was clear and this area of the park was almost empty. We started looking and immedialy a bunch of kids got out of a truck with two dogs and started playing with them right near the cache. We waitied for a while, then decided to take a walk around the park. We waited on the blea
chers until finally they left. I found the cache a few minutes after. It was well-hidden. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sep 15, 2003

Hawaiian Language Lesson #1

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

7:28 pm - I spent a while trying to translate the words and couldn't find any good online translators. Then I noticed a hint was added.
I had about 5 minutes to get this cache before my next errand, so I had to be quick. I saw the spot where the cache must be as I waited at the light. Once I got there I had to wait a while to find an opportunity to grab it. I made my move and I was surprised by what I produced. These caches are ge
tting better and better camoflaged! Dodged looks from the person waiting for the bus as I put the cache back. Nicely done!

Sep 14, 2003

First Grade

By: Nostrada Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

11:35 am - This was my second time here (third if you count the other cache in this park). After getting some clarification on the first waypoint from Nostrada, I made a revisit to that location and found the information I needed. For some reason I was being pointed on the wrong side of the street. I couldn't find my previous calculations, so I had to do them all again. Good thing I remembered the information for the other two waypoints. Made a B-line to the cache this time and found it relatively quickly. Left a Recycle Yourself bumper sticker and took a bouncy ball.
What does it mean if I went to First Grade after being a Freshman?

San Jos Public Library - Willow Glen Branch

By: Beckerbuns & Boys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4 pm - This was my second time here. The day before I tried to look, but my GPSr wasn't pointing me in the right direction and the library was closing so there were a lot of people coming out and wondering what I was doing. Today I was alone except for the occasion book-returner. I was looking one area when someone came in to drop off their books and I wasn't sure what to do, so I stood there and pretended to be looking at...something. As I was standing there I spotted the cache. Very cool. It was a lot bigger than I expected. TNLNSL.

Namaste

By: nostrada Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:30 am - Got here and again there were lots of people driving around near the cache and others just sitting in cars. I sat there for a minute, and then decided to drive around and park in the adjacent parking lot and see if I could approach the area that way. I couldn't once I got over there, so I took out my cell phone and pretended to be having a casual
conversation while wandering around looking for the cache. I looked mostly in the places I had looked before and I was getting very frustrated when I grabbed in a place I had already tried before and this time came up with it. Crap, I could have had it last time. Oh well, thanks for the educational puzzle.

Where's the benchmark?

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

2:45 pm - Had to search for a little while to find this one, but I did eventually find it. I should know Marky and Joani better than to think that they'd hide it in the annoying places I looked. Left crayons, took disco ball keychain. Thanks.

Water Park

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

3:54 pm - I had to spend a while looking for this one because I was ignoring my GPS and instead looking at something that I thought was related to the hint. Once I realized I was 30 feet away and saw the real hint, I found it quickly. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Chinese Radicals

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:45 am - There are two types of Rat caches, in my opinion. There are those which are very difficult to solve and may take hours and hours of work to get the right coordinates. Then there are the puzzles that aren't hard, but you assume they are because of the other ones. This one was one of the latter.
Found the cache without much trouble. Thanks.

Brenda Allcia Lopez Plaza

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:08 pm - This was my second time here. The last time there were some people sitting on the benches near the cache staring at me. This time the people were further away and I found it quickly with the hint. Thanks.

Treasure Chest

By: Jim and Jeanette Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

2:15 pm - This one was well-hidden. There was a lot of brush laying about and I was afraid the cache had been found and 'pruned', but the location was way too tricky for that. TNLNSL.
Don't forget, International Talk Like a Pirate day is Sept. 19! http://www.talklikeapirate.com

Meridith's Corner

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:17 pm - After a day of Tammie the Dog caches, I knew exactly where to look and I walked right to it. Cool corner. Some people across the street were having a yard sale and I think they expected I was stopping there to check out their stuff.

Bird Person of Willow Glen

By: Tammie The Dog Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:17 pm - What a racket! I noticed the house on the other side of this one was for sale. I wonder if they were driven out by the birds. Took me a while to find the cache, I was persistent. Thanks. The log sheet is full.

Canoas Flock Revived

By: DR Doolitte (adopted by viperfin and CA Poppi Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

2:51 pm - There were some people having a picnic and some kids playing right next to the cache. I didn't feel like crashing their party, so I decided to come back some other time.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Mars

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:30 pm - Ah, the red planet. Had to avoid some people playing tennis next to the cache, but I found it without much difficulty.

Not during the week

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:39 pm - I looked all around and under for this cache and I could seem to find it. Good thing there was no one there today, or I would have surely gotten trampled.

Radio Park

By: Tammie The Dog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

2:27 pm - Nice park. There was a party going on very close by, but I was able to find it quickly. Thanks.

Less is Moore

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:53 pm - There were some people sitting on the grass near the cache giving me weird looks, but I found the cache quickly after I found the right object to search. Took nothing, left some trees and grass.

Curtner Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:55 pm - Goodwill truck and guy accepting donations was parked right next to the cache. Tried to get close, but he was watching me. I'll be back.

Tamien Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

11:58 am - I was buzzing by here on my way to some other caches when I saw the sign and remembered there was a cache here. I did a quick u-turn and pulled into the nearly empty parking lot. I went over to the cache area and got concerned with all the stuff overhead blocking my reception. After searching for a few minutes, I decided it would probably be a good idea to read the cache description. I went to look it up, but for some reason Plucker hadn't downloaded that cache. Doh! I logged in and looked up the details. Once I saw that it was magnetic, I found it in the first place I looked.
Too bad the caltrain cache is disabled, it would have been nice to pick up that one too while I was here.

Take and MAKE a Cache (aka Momma Cache)

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

5:15 pm - After a long day of caching and just finding Less is Moore, I decided not to press my luck, take my winnings and go home. As I looked at my GPRs to figure out how to get home, I saw this cache directly on the way. OK, one more cache. I got there and started looking through the bushes where I found all kinds of interesting objects. At first I thought that the cache was just all over the place and there was no container. Then I read the descriptiong and found the plaque. I was too tired to do math, so I started brute force searching and found it a few minutes later. This is the SECOND-largest cache I've seen. Lots of cool stuff in there and I took a notepad. In my delirious state I forgot to leave anything, but I'll leave something extra at the next M
&
J cache I find.
The best thing I found here was not in the cache. In the bushes I found something truly evil to appear soon in a park near you...

Coyote Creek Pigeonhole

By: kablooey Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

12:53 pm - The only reason I went for this cache was because I turned left when I should have turned right. Being male, I decided to just go with it and not turn around, so I quickly recalibrated my GPS and saw this one come up.
I parked in the first place I saw, which turned out to be kind of far away, but I managed to avoid the $6 parking fee.

This was a nice park. I found my way to the creek and then realized that the cache was on the other side, so I started making my way down the embankment. I found a point which lo
oked pretty narrow, so I made a quick hop across without getting too wet. On the other side though was lots and lots and lots of poison oak. Uh oh. I walked delicately around and over it, but I wasn't sure I made it through safely. I definitely had some scratches on my legs - were they from trees or
the poison oak?

Once I crossed that gauntlet, I started looking for the cache. Tried a couple of different options, then decided I needed the hint. I need to start paying more attention to the titles of these caches. Found it soon after and TNLN.

All that climbing around sure left me sweating o
n this hot day. I decided I wasn't going to use the same route back so I went up to the other side and starting looking for another path. I knew I had to go left, but there didn't look like a path there, so I started to go right where I saw some houses in the distance. As long as I could get to a st
reet, I would be able to find my way back. Shortly after I found a *much* easier way to cross the creek and went back the way I came the rest of the way.

So far, no evidence of poisioning, so a successful cache all around!

Bikes Cars and Trains

By: Pedalman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

1:31 pm - I parked at the city lot to get to this one. That's probably not the best place to park, but no one was around. I started on my walk to the cache. San Jose sure has an interesting collection of stuff. I got to see where the school buses sleep and a large collection of ramps. My favorite though was store of urinals in all shapes and sizes.
I found the cache pretty easily. This was a very well-constructed cache. I liked how the attachment apparatus doubled as a pencil holder. Thanks for the cache.

Sep 13, 2003

Travel Bug Coffee Break

By: Kreebelle (maintained by WalruZ) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

12:39 pm - Barista: ''Can I help you?''
Me: ''Actually, I'm looking for a box.''
Barista: ''A box?? Oh, the box. It's over there - '' (pointing)
Other Barista: ''You're not supposed to tell them where it is!''
I felt pretty conspicuous pulling out this huge box in front of two other people sitting in the cafe, but I figured there was nothing to hide. I examined the bugs and decided to take the floppy disk and left nothing. I thanked the baristas and was on my way. I like these coffee house caches. There
's a similar one in Ft. Bragg. Thanks.

Catch a Rainbow

By: Kreebelle Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

12:20 pm - Easy find on this cache. There were lots of people in the park, but not near the cache. Interesting container. I didn't try to remove it, so I had to open it where it was. I actually had a rainbow pencil, eraser and sticker set, so I left that and took a hacky sack. I wish this one was there whe I did My Tribute across the street! Thanks.

Riddle

By: nostrada Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:46 pm - After confirming my thoughts on this one with nostrada, I went out to see if I could find it. Lots of muggles in the area and at one point a truck with a huge boat attached to it showed up. I narrowly avoided someone who appeared to be the owner of the property coming by where I was looking. Looked in the hard places first and of course it was in an easy place. No need to go digging through anything, you can see it clearly from the right position. Interesting attachment method. Second to log. I didn't even need my GPSr! Thanks for another interesting Riddle.

Hail Caesar

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

8:31 am - After my last experience at this cache, I was very apprehensive about trying this one again. This time I had the real coordinates though and I planned a place to park not too far away. Parked no problem and took a brisk walk to the cache site. Found it quickly. I don't think I've ever signed a log that fast before. TNLN. On the way out I made sure I was extra friendly to anybody I ran across. As I returned to my car I noticed a sign -
Neighborhood Crime Watch
Report any suspicious persons or activity immediately to the sheriff

I never thought I looked like a suspicous person! SMILIE

NykeBut

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

[9:19 am - Well, I tried a couple paths to this cache. I tried to use PhillipeGPS's favorite entrance on Mora, but I couldn't find a place to park. I tried another way to get on the other side of 280, but met another dead end, so I went the standard way and parked at ] Rancho San Antonio,[ which seemed to be the closest place to park. The parking area was 'Full', but I managed to find a space and start my walk. I enjoyed the ponds and benches on the way. I took the dirt path up and down the hill, then realized I had gone too far and had to bushwhack a little bit to get where I should have been.
The cache took me a little while to find. At one point I got on my hands and knees to check one spot only to look down and see tons of broken glass. I was lucky. Found the cache
in a simple place, I expected something more evil [;)] Thanks for the fun cache. ]

A PARKLAND VISIT

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:09 am - Walked over to this one from more quick cache. As I approached it, I saw the neighbors directly across the street doing their gardening. I walked by and took a quick look. I then walked up the street a little bit to see if they'd finish. No luck. So I went on another quick walk up the hill
, thought about it, and solved the anagram. On the way down I spotted the cache. A made a quick grab, signed it, and I was on my way. Thanks.

Do you hear water running?

By: jader88 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

2:59 pm - Found my way to this one again. Crossed the creek and found my friend the homeless man lounging on the bench. I decided to just ignore him and look anyway. I walked past him and started looking. He wasn't looking my way. I couldn't find it though. After a while, I looked at my GPSr and realized that I was 50 feet away! I was in the wrong place. Went down to where I needed to be and started searching high and low. It was hot and I was getting very dirty. I finally found it. It was very hard to see. When I retrieved it, the cover was ajar. I also found full bottle of bear and a small snake. I left $1 and took a Kealia magnet. I couldn't get the cover to stay on, so I left it as I found it. Thanks.

The Cache With No Name

By: Boba Fett Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

4:30 pm - I looked high and low for this one, finding a couple areas that matched the location described in the hint. I got really dirty looking around and decided to give up. I had some trouble understanding the description. The Rat and his heavily armed Word Police would be all over this one!

Hamann Hangout

By: Jay, Caine, and Becca (wwp) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:23 pm - I decided to give this another try. I knew approximately how it should be attached, but not exactly where. I did some searching around and then made a blind stab at an area and felt something that seemed like it didn't belong. Probing some more produced the cache. Very well done and interesting construction. Had some trouble getting out the log without spilling all the contents out. TNLNSL. Thanks.
Sorry, no sushi dinner for you, team wwp! SMILIE

Le Tour de France

By: bykenut Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

2:30 pm - This one brought back some fond memories for me. I spent the summer of 1989 in France staying with a family. One day we went out to a road to watch the race go by. You would think that the local crowd would have been upset that an American beat the national star, but they were just thrilled that the tour had such an exciting finish. People even came up to me and told me that I looked like Greg LeMond, though I think the only similarity we share is that we're both American.
I found all the answers to the puzzle pretty easily and and the cache as well. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Border Patrol #3

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:13 am - Came back for a return visit to see if I could find the cache this time. Last time, 3 of us failed to find it. There was no one in the park this morning, so I searched with reckless abandon. After searching in several difficult places, I found it in a pretty straighforward place. I have no idea why we didn't find it last time.
The area with all the plaques has been fenced off for construction and people won't be able to get to the p
laques for now. The cache itself is still in place. Thanks.

Travel Bug Trader II

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

4:45 pm - Some interesting travel bugs here as well as some really big ones. In the end I decided to stick with the ones I had, so TNLN. Thanks.

Stomping grounds

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:56 am - Second attempt at this one. Looked all around for it in most of the same places that we looked last time. I felt pretty suspicious here, even on a weekend when I didn't really see anybody around. I found a plastic bag and started trashing out, so I'd have some excuse if anybody came by. I filled the back and still couldn't find it. I started to leave, but then turned back and decided to look one last time. I decided to trust my GPSr and found it deep in a place I had looked before. It was well-covered. I took a lemon head ball and left $1. Thanks!

I can't chase Hummingbirds

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

6:19 pm - Nobody was in the park today. Once the GPSr settled down, I found the spot easily. While looking for this one I also found a nice plastic ball.
Geez, these 'regular'-sized caches are getting smaller and smaller!

Urban Jungle Metal Sculpture

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:05 pm - Found this one with the hint. This was cool and scary at the same time. I would like to see this place when the arch is lit up. Thanks.

Dead Poets' Society

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:36 am - We started this cache a long time ago. We miscounted on 'A' and thought the next waypoint was a mile away. Today I went there and realized our mistake. Went back to the park and got back on track. Counted correctly this time got the final coordinates.
Now for the bad news - when I got to the cache location, the cache was completely exposed and its cover was off. A snail and some other less pleasant creatures had taken up residence inside the container. The snail appeared to like poetry though as he had digested lots of pieces of the paper. I si
gned the log as it was, then moved the cache to the nearby corner of two fences and covered it so Ninja can come give it some TLC.

Will the dead poets be resurrected again?

more quick cache

By: Ninja Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

9:56 am - Third time is a charm. I searched all kinds of places first, then found it in a pretty simple spot. I don't know how we missed it last time. I guess we were looking for something smaller and it was surprisingly large. TNLN. I'm glad I enjoy this park! It was empty this morning. Thanks.

Sly Dog's--Up Yours!

By: Marwagsalot (Maintained by nostrada) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

5:15 pm - I got to where the cache should have been and didn't find anything. I'm glad I had the logs with me. I used Jay's coords and I knew where I had to look as I had looked in a similar place on a cache earlier in the day. I got a little nervous though as it it happenned to be in the last possibility that I looked in. I'm impressed that it survived the move! Thanks.

A's & Giants 2002

By: The Xeroids Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

10:50 am - Wow, has no one really found this one since the start of the baseball season?
I tried to get to the closest access point to this cache. There were lots of no parking signs around where I parked, but not right next to where I parked, so it was legal, right? SMILIE I made a quick dash for the cache. Quite a hilly climb to it. Found it easily. Took A's and Giants antenna balls,
left a Puffkin doll. Sorry I didn't have any baseball-related items.

I enjoyed the view for a little bit, and then made my way carefully back to the car. It was still there. Thanks for the cache.

Indy's Hideout

By: Geo Indy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

4:38 pm - This was an easy find once I looked at my GPSr and stopped searching randomly. TNLNSL. Now that everyone knows where this hideout is, won't Indy have to find a new place to hide?

Sep 11, 2003

Namaste

By: nostrada Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

6:45 pm - I solved this one with some help from Nostrada. Had some time to go find this today so I gave it a try. When I got there, there were some people backing up in a car very slowly. I nearly approached them as I thought they might be looking for the cache, but then they took off. Once they left, I went searching for the cache. Tried a few places, but it was starting to dark. I went in for a closer look and some other people showed up and started backing up slowly, stopping right on the other side of the bush I was hiding behind. They repeated this 3 times. After waiting for these people to leave, it was too dark to see and I had to go. It's a bummer that it's getting too dark to do much caching after work these days. [:(]

Sep 10, 2003

Dr. Mahoney Baloney

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Spent about a half hour looking for this one before I had to go. Lots of nooks and crannies to investigate, clue didn't help at all.

Sep 7, 2003

Flood Cache

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

2:30 pm - We balked at paying the 5 bucks, so we went down the adjacent streets to try to find a back way in. We saw the restricted parking signs and decided that one of us would go for the cache while the other waited in the car. Found the cache after a few minutes of looking. TNLNSL because we were in a hurry! Thanks.

Day at the Dump

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

1:30 pm - Ended up near this one while Doing Men of Stone. It was very windy on bay side of the dump and hot on the inland side. The salt ponds were all white today and it looked like snow. The cache was not covered at all. We covered it with some pine needles as we left. Took two mini koosh balls, left a marionette doll. Thanks.

Men of Stone

By: MaxEntropy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

1:46 pm - This was one of the best caches we've done a while. The stone figures were really neat and we had fun looking for them. The coordinates were all right on and getting from stage to stage was easy even if we had a hard time staying on the paths. The cache was easy to find; we covered it a little bit better than we found it. TNLNSL. We had the whole place almost to ourselves. Thanks for the fun!

Sep 6, 2003

Noble Steed

By: cth+js Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

4:59 pm - Driving to this park sure was tricky - lots of roads, all of them dead ends! Finally found the park and had a nice walk to see them donkeys. As we were figuring out the coordinates one of them came to say 'hi' (read: beg for food). He(?) even made whatever sound donkeys make when we started to leave. How cute.
We went to the calculated coordinates and had a lot of trouble finding the cache. After a few minutes of looking we decided to back to the donkeys and recheck some of our numbers. We were right the first time. While we were over there, we noticed we were missing my sunglasses and our pen. We went
back to the calculated coordinates and found them both laying in different spots in the grass. Oops!

We were about to give up on this one when I decided to check one obligatory place 30 feet away. There it was! We struggled for 10 minutes to get it out but finally succeeded. Thanks for the fun cac
he. I think we made some new friends.

Freshman

By: Nostrada Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:15 am - I solved this one with a lot of help from nostrada. I just didn't quite get it. The hide was easy though, except for when I slipped on the mud and nearly landed in it. Thanks for the puzzle.

Old Page Mill

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

3:49 pm - Quick find today on this nice road. We knew where it should be, just had to check all the various permutations. TNLNSL. Thanks.

1 Kings 7, 23

By: nostrada Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:50 pm - Solved this one a few days ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. Today we drove all around trying to get to the cache and finally found the access point. Found it easily. Just as I was putting it back, I noticed someone sleeping in the car parked next to us. I don't think they noticed what we were doing though. Thanks for the interesting puzzle!

Berryessa Creek Cache

By: spider3 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

8:36 am - I hunted for this one stupidly and ended up crossing the creek twice. Good thing it was dry. The cache was in good condition. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Geometry Quiz

By: Dr. Bobo Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

[2:10 pm - I'll admit that this one stumped me for a bit. My first solution was way too complicated, so I resorted to searching for a simpler solution.] I managed to find nearly the exact same problems and solutions with a very similar-looking graphic! :-) It was quite humbling to see 14 year olds who had solved these problems. [ I was amazed how I had retained some of the skills needed for this puzzle without using them for so many years. Then again, other parts I had completely forgotten. Once I had a solution for both, I went to check my solution and found that I was a few short on my digits. I went through the solutions again and tried to figure out what I did wrong with solutions that looked so perfect. Turns out that I have no problems with geometry but my skills with the alphabet are poor. I forgot 'X'. I was also able to verify my coordinates against the ones that a cacher accidentally posted in his log. That was convenient. :-)
We found the cache easily and then spent a few minutes lying on the soft grass before the next cache. Thanks for the re-education and nice location!]

The Dead

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

5:20 pm - I had previously researched The Dead and came up with the final coordinates - or so I thought. We decided to go to the grave anyway to make sure. Good thing we did, I was way off. Found the cache at the final coordinates easily. Thanks for the interesting cache.

Bald Spot

By: payakoi Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

3:36 pm - Found it on my second visit. Last time I was looking in the wrong place, then someone stopped at sat down on the bench with the cache area in full view, so I aborted my search. There were many good places to hide this one. Today we ended up wacking around for a while before we finally found it. TNLNSL. Thanks for the cool spot.

Cataldi Walnuts

By: spider3 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:49 am - The cache was easy to find. Putting it back was harder with all the walkers and joggers about. Finally did so. Nice park.

Therapy Cache #3

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

7:50 am - Found it on my second try with a hint from Marky. The hint really confused me. Devious hide. Some people were walking by as I was signing the log and since I didn't want to detach the cache container, I stood on top of the container until they passed. Thanks for the fun one.

Chameleon Row

By: GeoROCKS! Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

1:30 pm - Foooffffyyy! I thought I had moved back to LA! There were all kinds of people here with designer bags driving around in hummers and mini coopers and gabbing on their cell phones.
We hadn't been here before, so we took some time to wander around. We decided to have some crepes for lunch and figure out where the cache was later. Finishing up our Nutella and cream, we turned on the GPS and found ourselves 80 feet away. The area described in the title was occupied with some wo
rkers filling up the fountain, so we decided to sit down and play a game of chess. It was a trouncing and when we finished the workers were gone. We went over to that area only to discover we guesseed incorrectly and the cache was in an accessible place all along. Once we were in the right spot, we
found it almost immediately. Thanks!

Overlooking a Hidden Lake

By: Submanager Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

7:45 am - Easy find now that the cache has been replaced! Thanks. First to sign the new log sheet. A nice place, I'm glad I had the opportunity to come back.

Yellowstone Park

By: kablooey Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

8:19 am - Looked around for this one for a few minutes, then decided I was looking at things from the wrong angle. Changed my perspective and saw it instantly. Nice big cache. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sep 2, 2003

Olive 2 Pardee

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:45 am - This was my second time at this one and this time there were a lot fewer people around. The hint led me to believe this would be a much different type of placement, but it turns out I just missed it on the first try and it wasn't very hard at all.
As I was signing the log, thebigdp showed up. We chatted a little bit and had a little early morning caching pardee before work. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sep 1, 2003

City Plaza Park of Santa Clara

By: DustBlazer and Shoeluvr Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:01 am - I couldn't get the count right on the first part, but the checksum told me what it was supposed to me. Even with that, the coordinates seemed to be off. After double checking the coordinates, I tried the brute force method. It was in the kind of place I expected, just further away. Looks like someone started a small fire in the gazebo, but just burned some newspaper. TNLNSL.
The cache area was really smelly this morning. Maybe some fertilizer was recently laid down. It seemed to keep all the people out of the park though. [;)]Thanks.

Urban Jungle #3 - Planes and Trains

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

2:34 pm - I drove around in circles in a while trying to get to this cache. I finally found a way in. This was not the most pleasant location, but I was very appreciative of it after spending the previous 2 hours on a multi that I never found. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Do you hear water running?

By: jader88 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:30 pm - After driving around aimlessly for a few minutes, I stopped at the end of a dead-end street to figure out how to get to the cache and there, right across the street was a path to the trail! I quickly figured out that I was on the wrong side of the creek, but there was someone sitting right near where the cache would be. I went over anyway and saw that it was an urban camper and he was well-settled in. I d
ecided to go do another cache and come back later. Did that, but the man was still there, so I'll catch up with this one another time.

Campbell Park Troll

By: Jim and Jeanette Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

11:45 am - I drove around and around to get to this one, then parked at a place where there was a sign saying I shouldn't park there. I went in search of the cache, didn't find it after a few minutes, then got worried about my parking spot and decided to go back and move my car. I found a spot in the park's lot this time. I found the cache pretty easily after that. As I was getting back to my car, I saw some people getting out of an suv with GPSrs. It turned out to be KennyHannahJacob and Peter49. We chatted a bit and I wished them luck. It's nice to meet other cachers along the way and match faces to logs!

Hamann Hangout

By: Jay, Caine, and Becca (wwp) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:50 am - Searched high and low for this one for quite a while, but came up empty. What's the going rate for bribes on this one, anyway?

Monsters Could Hide Here!

By: qphoebemonster Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Other

11:06 am - I'm pretty sure there were some monsters down there hiding. The sure were making some odd noises! This was the second cache I've found hidden like this though the last one said exactly how to find it. Not sure if I would have found this one otherwise. TNLNSL. Thanks.

CalTrain - San Jose Diridon

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3 pm - Nice station. My GPSr was going all wacky here and I was walking around in circles. I found it pretty easily after having experience with others in this series. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Yes Way, Jose!

By: Aargnzarf & Kikipopo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:23 pm - I blew by this one on the way to another cache and wondered where I would park when I came back. I actually found a spot very close. The cache location was very conspicuious. I found the cache rather unexpectedly and I'm sure people waiting at the intersection thought I was stealing something. Very evil. Thanks (I think).

Get Your Wings

By: Aargnzarf & Kikipopo Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

12:37 pm - What a nice big cache. Found it easily, left the Bison TB. The log book is full. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Earth

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:44 am - Easy find with the hint. As usual, I parked on the wrong side of the highway. I was able to walk underneath it to get to the cache. Planet #2 down! TNLNSL.

Thirsty?

By: Mallrat46 & 2 & armofreek Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:23 am - Easy find on this one. Thanks for the cache.

Forgotten City Gardens

By: Maverix Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

2:47 pm - The park was completely empty when I arrived. I too had GPSr problems, so I used the hint and it was easy. What an odd, old park. Either people are going to have to start using the back sides of the paper in the log book or the log book should be replaced. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Shark River

By: Tammie the Dog Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Looked around for a while on this one, but got no love. The area was clearly a home to some homeless people and it kinda scary crawing around there. I looked in some places that seemed liked they matched the hint perfectly, but didn't find it.

Old Blue Eyes

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:08 am - I found this one in only a few minutes. I guess I got lucky. The hint and the color of the cache helped. I had more trouble getting the cache out and opening it up. I didn't realize that the cover comes off! Where can I buy some of those log books? SMILIE

I Never Promised You

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:14 am - Quick find with the hint, though the film canister is black not white. I started to work on another cache in this park, but decided it was such a nice spot that I'd save it for another trip back.

Aug 31, 2003

The Organ Park Cache

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

What a strange cache! I was able to figure out some of the puzzle beforehand, but not all of it, so I went for the multi. Found the first and second locations ok, then I tried to find the cache location, but didn't see anything appropriate, so I went back to Sarah Wallis park to recheck my coordinates. I confirmed them and then walked back to
the final location, looking in a few other spots along the way.
I get the title, but after 20 minutes of looking, I couldn't find the cache in the location described in the hint.

Hoover

By: Bodster Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:56 am - Easy find this morning. Lots of trash and clothing around. I'm glad I did this one in the daytime! TNLNSL. Thanks.

The Forgotten Flying Redwoods

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:05 am - Came back again to try this one. The coordinates definitely seemed off. I found it by walking east from the cache, about 30 paces. The hint didn't really help, but it was definitely true. I was worried about how I would get the cache back if I dropped it. Luckily that did not happen. Thanks.

Lyle Park Cache

By: Chrissy_Skyking & Blaze Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:01 am - I expected something tricky, and that's what I found. It was in the 3rd place I looked. The grass was very wet in the morning. Nice park. Thanks.

Garden Pardee

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

10:28 am - This spot was really cool and well-hidden. The cache was fit perfectly to its hiding spot. There were lots of jet-black squirrels running around. Pardee on!

Olive 2 Pardee

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

10:40 am - Just as I approached this cache, some people stopped with a kid to play at the nearby play area. It might have been the same people that Chrissy and Blaze encoutered. I decided to leave and live to cache another day.

Stanford Hospital Parking Lot

By: kablooey Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:27 am - This was a very cool spot. I'm sure this freaks out a lot of people who aren't expecting animal sounds when they walk out of a parking lot. If it wasn't for the glass tiles, I might think this was a pratical joke. Thanks for bringing me here. Found the cache no problem. There could be some interesting multicaches here with all those slots.

A Subtle Dig

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

9:41 am - I parked on El Camino. This section of the road seems to serve as a used car as well as a haven for vandals, judging by all the broken glass. Nice spot for the cache, found it easily.
Can't we all be winners? SMILIE

CalTrain - Atherton

By: normanb Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

8:26 am - After my run-in with the law at Hail Ceasar I was apprehensive about this cache. I got very dirty wandering around in the bushes, which was annoying so early in the morning. Luckily I had my patented Stick(TM) to brush through the ivy. Found it after 15 minutes or so. TNLNSL. The cache was in an easily described place and the current hint didn't help at all. Maybe the hint could be updated so people aren't wandering around aimlessly and being suspected by the police.
The caltrain workers were out in full force today, doing whatever they do.

In the Greens

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

8:37 am - Wow, this is probably the most beautiful public park I've ever seen. Found the cache easily. TNLN. Spent a few extra minutes walking around and admiring the park. Thanks.

Aug 30, 2003

The Prospector

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was a cool path and a nicely-hidden large cache. TNLNSL. Thanks.

SF Chronicle - South Bay

By: vdbalamo Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:11 am - I figured this out a while ago, before the latest hint was added. I wasn't sure that I had figured it out, but I thought I would give the coordinates a try. They didn't look too promising from the map, but the actual location looked much better. Found the well-hidden cache after about 10 minutes of searching. Thanks.

The Long Stretch

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7 pm - I had a lot of trouble with this one, but persistence paid off.
My count at the first waypoint was off. At the second waypoint, I searched for about a half hour before I found the micro. It's very small and hard to see where it is. The coordinates at the third waypoint are about 200 feet off as previously noted, but I found the plaque.

When I got to the fina
l location, the doggy play dates were in full swing and I couldn't get near the cache. I took the long walk back to the car, then decided to walk up to Just Around the Corner. I frustrated myself with that one for a while, then went back to the car and drove to final location.

By then the dogs wer
e gone and there was only the occasional walker. It took me a little while to find it, but my third reach of the day got me the cache. Thanks.

Does She Work here?

By: Shoeluvr Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:50 pm - Found this one in the third similar place I looked. The last log was carmen who apparently found it by accident. I really should go shopping here, but maybe some other day. Thanks.

The People Zone

By: garyhenry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:41 pm - I had some trouble with this one as the GPSr had me across the street. That was after I wandered through the school grounds. I looked for 15 minutes or so, and then decided to give up. I looked back as I was walking back to the car and I got a sign. Walked right up to the cache, found it, and it all made sense. Thanks!

Coin Currency Exchange

By: peachey Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:55 pm - Lots of cool coins in there; unfortunately I had none to trade. OK, who put the USA quarter in there?? SMILIE

Prove It! Golden Dragon test

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

4:20 pm - Wow, great view from here. I didn't know this was here. It's kind of like hiking in Rancho San Antonio park, but without all the work. [:-)] Had some trouble finding the cache. I zeroed out at a stump that looked promising, but I actually found the cache 20 feet away. It was a lot larger than I expected. Thanks.

GeoTrashing

By: winini Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

11:38 am - I wandered around for a bit before I found the right place to park for the cache. The coordinates had me in the middle of the parking lot. Finally I wandered over and saw something that looked like it could be a cache. I had to take a flying leap to knock it down. Nice container. I had a lot of trouble opening the container because I thought the green part was part of the lid. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Off Abel

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

9:21 am - I was very thankful for the tunnel here. As usual, I parked on the wrong side. I looked in all the easy places, and then resigned to look in the place that looked more difficult and there it was. Thanks.

Northwood Park

By: spider3 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

12:26 am - No problems finding this one, the park was almost empty. This was yet another cache I had to reach for today! The grass was very soggy on the way out. Thanks.

Ugly Duckling Lakes

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - This was an easy find. No one around except a father and son collecting cans. TNLNSL. Thanks.

This landing is your landing

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:58 am - The cache was still very wet! So wet, I'm not sure if I was actually able to sign the log. I tried ti air it out a bit. The park was nice. There were some people playing cricket in the ballfield when I left.

Just around the corner

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:30 pm - Another Ninja cache, another DNF. Searched from both sides and came up empty.

Catching the news

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I pretended to tie my shoes, read the auto trader and look like I was waiting for a friend. In between I looked for this cache, but couldn't find it. I even paid 50 cents to check another place, but I didn't find a thing.

MMM-The Magic Movie Maze

By: DayDream Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:40 am - Went to the park first then realized that was the wrong spot. Found the maze - where's the movie part? Got back to my car and then found that I had forgotten my GPSr in the maze.

Time to Eat

By: Ashley Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

5:24 pm - There were too many people around when I first approached this one, so I went over to OSH and bought some magnetic micros. [:D]
The coast was clear when I got back and I found it pretty easily and had no trouble getting it out.

I didn't stop to eat because many years ago I made a new year's resolution for my health to stop eating at this chain and similar establishments in following years. I sure do miss it though!!

Therapy Cache #2

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

10:20 am - This one took me a while, only because after a solid morning of micros I wasn't expecting a regular-sized one. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Therapy Cache #1

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:28 am - That crab was weird. Found it after looking for a few minutes. A few ants were hanging around as well. TNLNSL.

My tribute

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

4:49 pm - This was a nice cache. The gate was open when I when I started, but were locked soon after and some students were locked inside with me. I simply walked around to the fields to the the tennis courts and exited that way.
Growing up in a much colder climate, it's very strange to me to see schools where all the classrooms have doors to the outside and the lockers are outside too.

A Day At The Races

By: Mallrat46 & 2 & Frankenlurch Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Looked for a half-hour for this one, between dodging glances from park walkers and people watering their lawn.

Overlooking a Hidden Lake

By: Submanager Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

There were lots of people out walking their dogs or themselves this morning. Found the cache location ok, but couldn't find the container. It's possible that it's too far in to reach. I think I checked all the locations that matched the hint. Nice spot though, so if someone else finds it, I'll be back.

The Trees of Higuera Adobe Park

By: Submanager Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:38 am - Yup, the coordinates are definitely 60' off. Found it with persistence, lots of good places to hide here. Thanks.

Aug 27, 2003

CalTrain - South San Francisco

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

I was very grateful for the signs all the way from the highway to this station. It was quite the roundabout route. I saved Anne from another long train commute by picking her up here and picking up a find at the same time. A pretty good deal, I think.
It's certainly not the prettiest station, but the mural sure helps.

Aug 25, 2003

A Scanner Darkly

By: Chris & Janet Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

7:36 pm - When this cache was first listed, my first thought was ''Finally, a use for that CueCat sitting in my drawer!'' I spent a half-hour installing the software and trying to get a good scan, but it didn't work. I kept getting the same string of numbers that clearly were not valid coordinates. So I started work on manully decoding bars. It helped a lot to enlarge the picture a bit. I came up with some coordinates that seemed to check out and made a note of them.
A few weeks later I finally made it over to the area of the coordinates, but it looked like I was in the wrong place. I didn't see any appropriate places for a cache driving by. I went on to other caches and figured I messed up the decoding somewhere.

I decoded the bars again two more times when
I got home and got the same coordinates as before. Very perplexing.

Today I went for another look, reading some of the other comments. On my first drive by, I still didn't see a place. I drove over to the next parallel street for one last try and this time I spotted the location.

I'm not sure wha
t was harder - finding the general area of the cache or the cache itself! Thanks for the the fun.

Looks like we're going to need a new cache soon though as bar codes are going the way of the Dodo!

http://news.com.com/2100-1019_3-5069619.html?tag=lh

Aug 24, 2003

Mr. Ranger's 1

By: Mr. Ranger Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

8:42 am - Back here again! The GPSr was acting wacky and I was looking in the wrong place for a while. Nice big cache! I remember the last one being smaller and jammed with so much stuff it was hard to close. Took nothing, left the Beach Travel Bug.
Saw a ranger drive by on the way in - maybe it was Mr. Ranger?

Rhino Eels 2

By: Dale (Mengarelliott/2) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:24 am - This time I didn't bother parking where you're supposed to park - I drove right into the Inuit parking lot and climbed up the hill. I was looking for a regular-sized cache since the last one was regular, so it took me a while before I found it. Once I realized it was a micro, I found it quickly. Thanks.

The Forgotten Flying Redwoods

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

9:15 am - Couldn't find this one. Maybe it has gone missing.

Junior Cache

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:57 am - The trees were definitely not helping here. Found it with the hint. I'll have to come back here some day when I have kids! Thanks.

Hail Caesar

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

The description seems to indicate that you can park at the posted coordinates and I had no problem doing so. No one was around.
I was searching a distance from the school and in an area that looked like public property. That's where I was stopped. As I said in my log, had I known when I originally solved the cache that there were coordinates hidden the puzzle, I would have found them, but the decoded puzzle seemed descript
ive enough to be used on its own.

Julia's Jewels (New Coordinates)

By: happy6 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

10:38 am - FTF. This one was less than a half-mile from home, but we had to walk over a mile to get to it. We found it after looking for about 10 minutes. We were expecting some other FTF-crazed cacher to show up, but none appeared. There's no reason to get all dirty and sticky like I did looking through the bushes. When you get close enough to this one it's easy to see. I had some trouble removing it from it's hiding place. TNLNSL. Thanks for the cache and the history.

Aug 23, 2003

Hail Caesar

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

9:30 am - DNF - Was accosted by Santa Clara County Sheriff.
I solved this puzzle a while back. When I was solving it, I thought it would be neat if the decrypted text also had the coordinates in it somehow. I didn't see anything obvious though, so I figured I'd simply go to the location and look around based on the decrypted text. Of course, this was befor
e the hint that the coordinates were in the puzzle.

I found the parking spot no problem, and headed to an area that looked like a likely spot for the cache. I looked in all the appropriate places a few times and was about to give up when a sheriff's car stopped across the street. I decided it was n
ow time to give up the search and as I started heading back for the car, the sheriff's car appeared to back up and turn on another street. In the middle of the 280 overpass, he caught up with me.

What are you doing?

Oh just looking at the trees.

You look pretty suspicious and when I stopped, you
didn't wave and looked like you were trying to hide. What were you doing?

Just looking at the trees.

Do you have an ID? Do you have any warrants out for your arrest?

I handed over my ID and decided I should try to explain geocaching. I showed him my GPS and described the sport. He called me in a
nyway and confirmed I wasn't a fugitive.

We got to talking and he pointed at the GPS V he had mounted in his squad car. Then he asked me where I lived, where I worked, if I was married, had any kids. It was clear by this point that I wasn't in any trouble, but he filled out a card anyway to record
that
he had talked to me and sent me on my way. I told him that lots of people were getting into geocaching and he should expect to run into more suspicous-looking people.
He drove over to the parking lot where I had my car to confirm I was leaving. I decided I was done caching for the day and went home. Next time I hope to return with real coordinates and fewer cops.

Wind in the Willows

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

7:53 am - I thought I got going pretty early this morning, but apparently not early as marwagsalot. Nice spot. Thanks.

Carol Ann

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:30 am - I nearly tried to drive to this one from The Little Easy, then I realized I didn't have to. Found the spot easily, but there was a lot of traffic at this time. I sat down next to the cache only to find the surface completely wet. Oops. Thanks.

The Little Easy

By: MotorBug Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

8:18 am - Nice park. Got all dirty wandering around in the bushes when I didn't have to. Thanks.

Aug 18, 2003

San Jos Public Library - Alviso Branch

By: Beckerbuns & Ricky Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:53 pm - Lots of people wandering around the library and the park here tonight. Had to look like I was lost or something until I found an opportunity to go for the cache. It's pretty easy to see once you get reasonably close. I hope it lasts!

SONY Log Hop

By: nadodi, KaneTheGerman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

7:27 pm - Thought this one would take a while to find, but found it surprisingly quickly. Took the pedometer, left a digital car thermometer. Thanks!

Aug 16, 2003

Electric Kiss

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

We probably looked for this one for 10 minutes before I found it. And even when I found it, I wasn't sure I found it. I'll add this to my list of places I don't want be during an earthquake.

Father's Day

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

5:30 pm - The coordinates were right on for this one, but it was pretty hard to spot. I wasn't even sure if I could reach it. Thanks.

Licau

By: Lil Devil Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

4pm - This one was quite the adventure! We came via the Seeq cache and walked around and around. We considered trying to wade across, but getting to the water wasn't easy and it looked too deep. It turned out to be closer than I thought though and it was a nice walk. The final bushwack was fun. TNLNSL. It took us about an hour to get to the cache and an hour to get back. We took the street back to the car, and took off our shoes to walk on the grass. Then we stopped and soaked our tired feet in a fountain along the the way. Bikes would have definitely helped speed this up and wearing fully covered shoes (not sandals) and pants is a good idea for the last part. Thanks for all the fun.

Seeq Technologies

By: boren Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

3 pm - Lots of dirty birds at the first stage, but a nice walk for the second stage and it was conveiently on the way to 2 other caches. Found it easily. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Aug 14, 2003

Honor Roll

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

7:08 pm - Got to the train station too early, so I had time for a quick cache. Had to look for a few minutes and I'm sure that the people walking by thought I was just really into this stuff. After I saw it, I wondered why it took me so long to find!

Aug 6, 2003

Shirley Enough

By: Soarokids & Larskids Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

3:36 pm - We took the alternate route to this one. We spent some time at high camp and then decided to do some hiking. After going up to Emerald Peak, we went down the service road to the cache. Instead of trying to cross the neck of the lake, I walked all the way around. Took silver dollar, left listerine pocke
t paks and key chain holder. Tried to take the trail back up, but ended up on the service road again which was steep and tough. Fun cache though.

Uncle Joe Memorial Cache 1- Chopped Stump

By: ventureduck Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

5:30 pm - Fun scramble up to this cache. I felt bad that I didn't have anything good to trade for such a big nearly empty cache. TNLNSL. Thanks.

"The gates to Squaw Valley"

By: southerncanucks Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

5:50 pm - Had fun finding this one on the way out after a day at Squaw. Left listerine pocket paks, took bouncy ball. Grabbed traditional post-caching slurpees on the way back to the cabin. Thanks.

Aug 5, 2003

Broken Tree

By: 47Dad4747Kyle47KollyWobs KirstinSummerZoeTaho Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

This one was a lot of fun. On the way in a guy in a truck followed us and parked right behind us but headed to the other side of the road with a small case. Soon after, we heard him apparently firing at will which needless to say hastened our hunt. I can see how crossing the stream could be a lot more challenging in the spring. TNLNSL. Thanks.

You've Come A Long Way, Baby!

By: Frankenlurch, Aargnpopo, & Mallrat46 & 2 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Nice beach stop on our way around Lake Tahoe. Took a bouncy ball and the beach travel bug and left a mini umbrella. Came back a few days later to do some jet skiing. Thanks.

The King's Beach

By: Adopted by SNSpencer From TahoeBerne Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Another nice Tahoe beach. Wanderered around a bit and we stopped by the grocery store before heading back to our cabin. Thanks.

Aug 4, 2003

Emerald Bay Picnic

By: LeapFrog & Ms. LadyBug Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Virtual

12:49 pm - Nice hike up to this point and great view. Lots of people around so parking was tough. Did not like trying to parallel park on highway.

TJFMC

By: TahoeJoe Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

4:15 pm - Nice placement on this one. I'm glad it was flexible, otherwise we couldn't gave gotten to it! There was lots of traffic on this road for some reason today. Took spider, left 20 cents. The log book is full. Thanks.

Lily Lake

By: TahoeJoe of the Tahoecachers Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

4:49 pm - That crazy one-lane road made me pretty nervous. A couple of times all the traffic stopped in both directions to let cars squeeze by each other. Very nice lake though. Found the cache without too much trouble. Took a stretchy frog and left a sunshine. Thanks.

Lucky Baldwin Virtual Cache

By: BBQ-Stain & Bullseye-Ron Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

3:35 pm - We were heading for the other nearby cache but ended up doing this one first instead. Nice houses and beach. Thanks for pointing this one out!

Santa's Sleigh Crash Cache

By: czechcachers Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

1:30 pm - Nice lake! Very busy today.
Took donald duck, dollar bill and Byron travel bug. Left garlic festival magnet and some army men. Twisted my ankle on the way down - ouch!

Iva-Kay Each-Bay

By: Moon Joy of Team Paulwhy Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

3:57 pm - We had a nice walk along the beach looking for this one, even if the cache isn't really near the beach! Took an M+M-like guy and left a golf ball. Thanks.

Aug 3, 2003

Tahoma Trove

By: Sparafucile* Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

6:03 pm - This was a quick hunt with the hint. Took a golf marker, left listerine pocket paks. Thanks.

Tahoe Cottages

By: mperc Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

People were checking in to the cottage in front of the cache, so we had to be stealthy as we accessed it. It was pretty obvious though I'd definitely consider this a cache 'that solicits', especially finding the business cards in the cache. Took a bouncy ball and left some listerine pocket paks and a keychain holder for them. Thanks.

Inspiration Point

By: TahoeBerne Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Nice spot and a nice view. Came back and did the eagle falls hike the next day. Definitely come in the early morning or late afternoon as parking was pretty scarce. Thanks!

Jul 26, 2003

Urban Assault #17

By: Ruprex and his Girl Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

This time no one was hanging out by the cache and I was able to look where I needed to. Thanks for the quick cache.

Revenge of the Nerds, Basically

By: DrHugAlot Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was our consolation cache of the day. Believe it or not, we started trying to do caches in Stevens Creek County Park, and ended up here. We couldn't figure out how to get to two caches (forgot the map) and couldn't find another. A fourth we couldn't get a signal to find. So we ended up driving around, completely lost until we ended up on the Skyline Drive. Nice d
rive and we stayed on it for while, then came back and grabbed this one on the way back. Easy find and we were tempted to stop in an shop for a bit. They say all's well that ends in ice cream, so we stopped by our favorite creamery and called it a day.

Radio Ranch

By: qphoebemonster Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

I'm amazed a spot like this could be found and then a cache constructed to fit so well in it! Thanks, definitely needed the hint.

Big Rigs

By: 60elcamino & K9 & Purr Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Quick find on the way back from the Garlic Festival. Thanks.

Jul 23, 2003

Play Ball!

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Made a quick dash into the bushes to find this one. Grabbed it and came out looking for a place to sit down with it. As I did that, I ran into a newbie Geocaching family and tried to help them figure out how to use their brand new GPSr. Signed the log and chatted a bit, then rehid the cache so they could go after it next. TNLNSL.

Transitions

By: payakoi Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This one was sticking out like sore thumb. Found it quickly and we were on our way. Thanks.

Jul 22, 2003

Sly Dog's---Mary Gomez spots George

By: marwagsalot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

The cache was back in place again and this was an easy find. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Jul 19, 2003

Urban Assault #17

By: Ruprex and his Girl Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

On a Saturday afternoon, this parking lot was completely empty - except for the two people sleeping in a car 15 feet from the cache. Couldn't get a good search, so we'll have to come back for this one.

Hounds Haven

By: DR. Doolitte, the Mrs. & Zoo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

This was almost a DNF. We had forgotten how hot it gets in South San Jose. We were really sweatin', climbing all over these rocks. Reminded me of a time when I was climbing on some similar party rocks and got a nice slice into my palm. Luckily we managed to avoid all the glass this time. Took us a long time to find it even with the hint. The cache was well covered and there were a lot of places to look. Nice park though and we enjoyed the view from the top. TNLNSL.

Fly In SJC

By: Pedalman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

So many trails here, we didn't know which to pick, found the cache easily after parking a dirt lot. Took a rubber ball and left a bug pen.
After doing this cache and Alviso Slow, we found another theme in common with Pedalman's caches, besides being bike-friendly - they smell bad! The good news is that the state has recently bought back many of the salt ponds that make the sloughs (like around Alviso Slow) smell foul and will be retu
rning them to wetlands.

Fly Away SJC

By: Pedalman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

We chickened out on using the reserved Geocacher's parking and decided to use the parking structure. A quick dash across the road and we were on the bike path for a nice walk. It was nice to be here on a day when we weren't frantic trying to make a flight. Found the cache easily and signed it. It could use a new log sheet. Thanks.

Jul 17, 2003

San Jos Public Library - West Valley Branch

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

I was so directionally challenged today that I ended up driving past this cache while on the way to more quick cache in Cupertino from North Sunnyvale. The cache was easy to find, which is a good thing since I still didn't find more quick cache.

Jul 16, 2003

CalTrain - Hayward Park

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Geez, this one is kinda in the middle of nowhere. Found it easily. TNLNSL. Thanks.

CalTrain - San Francisco

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Since one of us goes through here 5 days a week, it was only a matter of time before we checked this one off. Took a while to find the time capsule, but stumbled across it eventually. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2003

Resistance is Futile

By: componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Anybody interested in some slightly used tennis balls at a discount price? I think I've found at least 10 here without finding the cache.
I had a few minutes to kill and coming off K3 Gang I was feeling confident so I went to try this one again. There were lots of people around again, but I hardly care at this point. Come on over, help me find this thing!

Didn't find the cache, but did get to watch a toddler throw a tantrum when he
had to leave the park and snagged a few more tennis balls. Maybe marwagsalot can sniff it out for me and I'll pay in tennis balls. Yeah...

K3 Gang

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Well, well, K3 Gang - you proved to be a worthy nemesis. In the end I found the dropoff point, even if the payoff was long gone.
Of course, now that I've solved it, it seems pretty straightforward. The problem with these difficult puzzle caches is I spend days inside decrypting ciphers. The whole point of Geocaching is to get me outside!

The first part of the puzzle is simpler than it seems, even when trying to figure out
which parts of the narrative are relevant. The second part was perplexing at first, but I was quite amazed when coordinates began to appear in front me. This was quite a creative puzzle. Thanks to The Rat for being patient with me and keeping me going on this puzzle without really telling me how to
solve it.

I found the actual cache on my second trip there. I swear I looked in the final location before, but apparently not.

Thanks for the interesting puzzle!

Jul 14, 2003

< s > Reused Geotrash < b > (Currently Disabled) < /b > < /s >

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

We considered going for the FTF on this, but then we got lazy. SMILIE The most difficult part was navigating the construction. If you're coming from 237 East, you have to get off at the N. First St exit. Getting off the Great America Parkway exit and taking a left will only dump you right back on 237 - West! The cache was actually a shorter walk than we thought it would be. We hadn't been to this side of this park before. The walk would have been nicer if the sun wasn't right on the horizon blinding us. We found the cache quickly and signed the log, though I think our entry might be washed away. The cache was still very wet. TNLN. Thanks!

Jul 13, 2003

Seek Side

By: Kreebelle & Kids Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This one was easy enough - we parked in the right spot too! The plastic bag container is ripped. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Palindromes

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This location looked worrisome - where's the park? SMILIE Found it with the clue, then watched someone making a U turn drive right through the cache. So I yelled at him:
Yo, banana boy!

Lost Paradise

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Cool place tucked away in the valley. We took a nice stroll and found the cache quickly when we got there. We left a mini-picnic basket and took a rubber ball. Thanks.

San Jos Public Library - Calabazas Branch

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We looked in several places here between waiting for people to return their books. Found and signed the cache log. Thanks.

Pirate's Booty

By: Beckbeard & Andsmee Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Who would have known that this nice park was here. Good thing we had a map to find it! No one in the park today. Found the cache quickly. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Stomping grounds

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Boy, we must really stink at this sport. Spent a half hour looking and found nothing but a lot of lunch trash.

Do you want change with that Quick Cache?

By: ~Ninja~ Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

We never would have found this one without reading the logs. It didn't help that our GPSr was putting us in the middle of the grass. No one was in the park on a sunny day. TNLNSL. Thanks.

more quick cache

By: Ninja Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This was a very nice park. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to have a cache in it anymore. We looked in all the 'quick' places and didn't find it.

Who said you cant get quick cache?

By: Lynboo caching team Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

These caches located right next to highways always get us. Of course we parked on the wrong side. Luckily it didn't really matter as there's a nice pedestrian bridge over the highway here. There certainly was a lot of trash near the cache site, but you wouldn't want to trash out some of it here, it's protecting the cache! TNLNSL. Thanks.

Jul 12, 2003

Parkway #2

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

I got pretty concerned when I saw the area the GPSr was zeroing in on. Lots of levels, all them bad for reception. But then I found it immediately. It was in a pretty visible place which doesn't sound like the original location from the logs. I don't think the hint still applies. TNLNSL.

To Each Their Own

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

We have to admit we didn't solve this puzzle. I showed it to HitsMan who's a cacher in puzzle cache-free LA. He managed to figure out the missing bit of information and it all made sense.
We had been to this place for another cache long ago. Today there was a gathering not far from the cache location. I decided to decode the hint and try to go right to it to avoid people looking at me strangely. The hint was pretty precise and the location allowd me to conceal myself while I access
the cache's unique container. TNLNSL. Thanks!

Eschew Obfuscation

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Good, FTF in the new location! It's pretty easy to spot, though I don't think anyone will stumble across it. The paint job is pretty well - no wonder we couldn't find it at the original location.
I was amused that the security people signed the log and surprised that the cache was retrieved after it was confiscated.

This cache did me good by teaching me when I should use 'well' instead of 'good'.

Good, all's well that ends good, that's what I always say!

Black Adder

By: the Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

A puzzle cache by The Rat whose solution came to me almost instantly - who knew??
This was easy to find once I found the right access point. Thanks!

Parkway #1

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Ivy and treecover made this one look difficult. Wandered around a bit after checking what I thought was the best location. Went back to my original thought and surprised myself by finding it in a place I thought it couldn't be. This is a disturbing location. I no longer trust any solid object to be solid!
Isn't the hint for this one for the other Parkway cache?

Jul 11, 2003

Travel Long Distances

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

8:53 pm - This cache was easy once I stopped trying to solve the puzzle. With winini's log and some perspective, I was able to figure out the location. Finally convinced my other half to go hunting for a cache that I didn't know the coordinates for tonight. We searched for about 10 minutes before we found it in a logical place.
Nice place to visit. It's a little strange to see these huge houses so close together with no trees between them.

Someday I hope to figure out what this cache means and how to solve the puzzle! Thanks.

Jul 9, 2003

Another Walk in the Park

By: forman (adopted by budd-rdc) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Easy find on the way home from work. The GPSr was acting pretty wonky here, but it eventually settled down. Nice little park. I was expecting some sort of plaque explaining the mini-Stonehenge there, but nada. This was probably the smelliest cache we've found! Thanks!

Jul 8, 2003

Libby's

By: bykenut Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

It was strange to be back here. We did Fruit Coctail just about 6 months and 125 caches ago. We've sure seen a lot since then!
We drive by this place everyday. I'm not sure why it took us so long to get to this one, but we finally did. Easy find with the hint. TNLNSL. Thanks (again)!

Jul 6, 2003

Wax Museum Webcam

By: forman Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Day two of doing the tourist thing with friends peter0224. Got a pretty clear shot.

Jul 5, 2003

BV

By: Team Alamo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Wow, 6 months of caching with no FTFs and then I get two in one week! Had some friends visiting for the weekend and they wanted to check out this winery. It was a bonus that there was a cache there. Found with the clue and a random stab of my hand.

Snooping at the CIA

By: dgreno Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Very nice place. This was cache #2 of 2 on my Mad Cache Dash while my friends were taking a winery tour. I would have done more, but there was lots of traffic today! Thanks.

Little Hennessey Hide

By: Huntnlady Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was cache #1 of 2 of my Mad Cache Dash while my friends were taking a winery tour I had just done a few months ago. I manged to park in the right spot. No body, was fishing, but there sure was a lot of garbage here, making it difficult to guess what could be a cache. The hint is definitely required. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Jul 2, 2003

CalTrain - Redwood City

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This was our second trip here, but the first trip with a GPSr. Last time I forgot it. I looked anyway, but didn't find it. Needless to say, I was looking completely in the wrong place. This time it was an easy find and not many people around. Thanks.

Jun 30, 2003

Tue Zane

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

7:37pm - FTF (our first!). I wish all of The Rat's puzzles were this easy! Good thing we checked our calculations a few times. We almost missed a subtlety in the puzzle. Found the cache quickly. We still don't get the title, but I guess you didn't need to. Thanks!

Jun 29, 2003

Standing By

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We really expected to projecting quite a distance from the plaque. Turned out to be a lot closer! Anne's Mom made the find on this one. Thanks.

Border Patrol #3

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Busy day at the park today. There were lots of families hanging out and kids playing in the creek. Took us a little while, but we found all the plaques without the hint. With the final coordinates, we looked for quite a while but came up with nothing. There was a gathering in the area just beyond the cache area, so there was too many people coming through to search well. Some guy came by and jokingly asked us if we were stealing squirrels. We gave up looking for now, but we'll be back when there's fewer people around.

Trigger Happy

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

Started off our day with a quick visit here. Found it after a few minutes. These micros are getting smaller and smaller!

We can do it!

By: KaneTheGerman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Easy find on this familiar trail. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Redwood Preserve

By: PhilippeGPS (Maintained by MotorBug) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Small

Caches like this are exactly the reason I love Geocaching - a great spot right under your nose that you never would have noticed. Apparently the park is a completely a secret to anyone under the age of 60 as we were by far the youngest people there.
The GPSr got a signal where it counted and we found it quickly. Leaving the cache was a bit treacherous, but we made it! Took a happy face keychain and left something I can't recall.

Leland's Curios

By: markens Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

This was a nice tour of Stanford. There were lots of people out today taking tours of campus, especially at location #2. We ended up driving up to this barrier on one road when suddenly one of the poles sunk into the ground! We went through and ended up driving around this quad. Not sure if we should have done that, but we parked where another car was parked and did two of the locations. Luckily the magic pole moved again on the way out. Very strange.

Historic Palo Alto

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Geez, that first plaque is old, at least for around here! Found the locations without difficulty and located the cache. Took a light-up ball and left a 1-hour free limo token and an Apple pin. Thanks for revealing a little bit of Palo Alto's history.

Jun 25, 2003

Up a Creek

By: Green Gables Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

Of course I drive to the wrong side of 101 and got lost in East Palo Alto. Found the bridge eventually and hitsman took the picture for me. Hot day out there!

Jun 24, 2003

Resistance is Futile

By: componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

I'm going to give up on this one, at least for now. Solved the puzzle long ago (confirmed by componenx), but can't find the cache container. I've been to this place about 10 times now. Several of those times we couldn't even look because it was just too busy. You'd think that anytime after dark would be ok - nope, the lights stay on until 10. And at 8:30 am on a Saturday, it's full of people.
I thought the puzzle was a bit obscure. Apparently the cache is more so!

Jun 21, 2003

Take a Gamble

By: ChrissySkyking + Blaze (adopted by CaliSeaSta Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Cool place. We couldn't figure out one of the clues because there was private event going on. We took a few guesses at the missing number and found it, but I managed to bump my head pretty well leaving the cache area. Ouch! TNLNSL. Thanks.

Gateway of Dreams

By: WeBeDnD Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We figured out where this one was several weeks ago, but the cache location was occupied. We didn't actually do all the calculations - we just made our best guess and spotted the cache. We came back several times and each time someone was preventing access to the cache. Came by this morning and someone was there again. Staked out the spot for a half hour, waiting for the person to finish their coffee and leave. Lost patience and finally just sat down right next to them. Made a quick move for the cache and other to put it back and I was out of there.

Goose, Goose, Duck!

By: DR. Doolittle, the Mrs. and Zoo Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Last time we wre in this area doing a cache, we stopped here because it was a cool place. Now there's a cache here and we had a reason to come back. Found without difficulty. Had more trouble getting the cache closed again. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Valley of the Serpent

By: Kreebelle & Kids (maintained by WalruZ) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Plenty of parking on an early Saturday evening. Finding the cache was a little scary - we hoped we were finding the cache! Took a bouncy ball and left an angel. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Ganymede

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Ok, we must get more organized with our caches. This was about our 10th time to this park! Easy find, TNLNSL. Thanks, looking forward to the rest of the series.

Historic Palo Alto 2

By: Rain734 Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This one was pretty interesting and a nice walk around downtown PA. We messed up and did some of the clues in the wrong order. We managed to find the bonus cache. It was huge for that spot! I can't believe we walked right by it once. Took a bouncy ball and left a fan. Thanks.

Tongue Radius: A LooneyTunes Puzzle Cache

By: LooneyTunes Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

[ Some interesting art here, for sure and a nice part of campus. ] Auguste Rodin was one talented guy. [ Thanks. ]

Jun 14, 2003

Doc's Geo Cache V

By: The Doc Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

We were on our way from the park HQ to Sada Spring for the night. This one was right off the trail on the way. Took a little while to find it. Took the swiss army knife to replace the one I forgot in my bag one trip and was confiscated at LAX. Left a rubberized flashlight. Thanks.

Higher Than You Think: Hardcore Hiker #1

By: Abraxas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 4.0 Container: Regular

We were staying at Sada Spring for the night, so we were already 1/4 way up the ridiculous incline from Coyote Creek and decided it might be fun to try for this cache. After dumping our backpacks, we grabbed some water and headed up again. What an incline!
We were quite surprised when soon after we started up, some guy (not a ranger) in a truck rumbled by. Once we got to The Bench, it was mostly flat and pretty easy. I even ran some of it. Near the cache we took one of two roads and got close, but the cache appeared to be too far away, so I headed b
ack to the other trail. That turned out to be worse, so I doubled back, went down the first trail some more, headed off the trail a little bit, and found it pretty easily. Had to take the Simpsons watch. All I had of value was some TP, so I left that. Maybe someone will really need it up there! Near
ly forgot my GPS there.

The hike down was even more painful. After over 3000 feet of elevation change, we slept well that night!

Jun 8, 2003

Former Ford Assembly Plant

By: bykenut Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

3:52 pm - Been here many times - didn't know the history. This one really is a drive-up. We were lured inside to browse around for a few minutes, but the crowds drove us nuts and we left rather quickly.

Eschew Obfuscation

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

DNF. Looked around for quite a while at all the levels, but didn't find a thing. Lots of good places to hide. Maybe that's the problem - there were too many places to hide a micro here. We were surpised by the lack of security people around, though we did smile at the cameras a few times. We had a great rule all ready, too. Well, all isn't for naught. After this one and other earlier today, I think I have a good idea where The Rat makes his nest and toils for his cheese. Maybe we'll stalk him for a better hint [:D]

Tchot-cache

By: spider3 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

3:24 pm - After driving through some corporate parking lots, we found a legitimate access point to this trail. Had to read the hint to find it after wandering through lots of prickly bushes. Left a Into yo yo and took a cool Boeing moon ball. Thanks.

Dog Does

By: The Rat Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

[We don't have a dog, and the cat wasn't interested in coming with us today. We found this one easily, logged it and then decided to walk from there to some other caches nearby. Thanks
What do you call a dog that is left-handed?] A south paw

Great America Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Started off our day by driving to this one. Parked somewhere we probably shouldn't have and walked to the cache after crossing the street twice. Relatively easy find. Thanks.

Milpitas Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

3:39 pm - We drove to this one and parked at the Park and Ride across the street. The hardest part of this one was getting the log sheet out of the container. There were also some scary bugs hanging out on the container. Once we solved both those problems, we were on our way.

River Oaks Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

Woo hoo, #100 and our second page is clear! We walked to this one from Dog Does. Took us a little bit to find it. That step is pretty tiring after a few repetitions! Thanks.

VTA Quiz

By: The Rat Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Not sure what we messed up on the quiz, but I think we failed it. SMILIE We ended up in the place next door when it clearly should have the place we just walked through. We walked all around, then decided to stop and see if we couldn't figure out what we calculated incorrectly. It all looked correct, so we tried the brute force method. 20 minutes or so later, we had it. We had to wait for some local sheriffs to take off before we could replace the cache, so we pretended to be using the fitness trail for a while. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Jun 7, 2003

Henry Schmidt

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#11 of 13 today; I always thought someone should place a cache like this. Nicely done. Lots of people around, but we were able to make a quick grab and replace of this one. The paint from the cache was coming off on my hands! TNLNSL. Thanks.

Keyfob light 01

By: Cinway Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#13 of 13 today. Another classic placement. Found it quickly and headed off to Sweet Tomatoes to gorge ourselves after a long day of caching. Thanks.

The Lizards at Carli Field

By: DustBlazer Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#12 of 13 today; The GPSr was acting funny here today. We were walking in circles. As soon as the coast was clear, we made a quick grab for this one. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Border Patrol #2

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Micro

#2 of 13 today; We parked in the wrong place (as usual), but had a nice walk to the cache. When we got there, the cache was occupied by bykenut. We took another short walk while she finished up, then met quickly before she took off with her dog. The cache was easy to find and well hidden. Took a koosh ball guy and left an M+M guy. We had to wait a while until the coast was clear to replace cache, then we were on our way. Thanks!

Pass Over Art

By: PhilippeGPS (Maintained by MotorBug) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

#3 of 13 today; Lots of cool art here. We walked right by the 4th one and had to cross the street again. It was also cool to peer down into the houses on the way back to the start. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Sly Dog's---Mary Gomez spots George

By: marwagsalot Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Stopped by today but there were about 50 people having a 30th birthday party for someone right near the area of the cache. We'll have to come back some time again. Nice park and pool though.

Urban Assault #11

By: Ruprex Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#7 of 13 today; We of course started out at the wrong spot here. Read the hint and we were much closer. Very tricky maneuver getting the cache out. TNLNSL. Thanks for the quick one.

Steel Finch

By: Anvickfam Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

#10 of 13 today; We took the hard way into this one. Bumpy road! Then we parked at the wrong end of the parking lot. We found it eventually. Took a 10 ball and left a Ms. M+M. Had fun bouncing the ball around the huge parking lot on the way back to the car. Thanks!

Clip Joint

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

#5 of 13 today; I was talking to a friend the other day who Geocaches in LA. I asked him if there were lots of puzzle caches there where you crack ciphers and such. He said No, I don't live in Silicon Valley. If I was only so lucky! SMILIE
I now have a 150-line Java program that does most of the manual work of solving Grandpre ciphers. (No, you can't have it. Do you your own caches.) My eyes got buggy after a while of trying to manully place the phrase into the cipher. Things got a lot easier after I realized that Componex != The Ra
t and I was able to make some good guesses at the words and start filling them in. From there it was easy.

Once we arrived at the cache site, we had a different problem. There were people right next to the cache waiting for the bus. So we parked in a plastic surgeon's office parking lot and waited.
.. and waited... and waited. After about a half hour we decided to see if we could look like were were waiting for the bus, but casually look for the cache. Luckily the bus arrived shortly after. Totally forgot about the hints in the decoded cipher, but found the cache anyway.

Left a binder clip,
left nothing. Thanks!

The Oaks

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#8 of 13 today; Quick cache - this placement was once so tricky, now it's almost always the first place we look! TNLNSL. Thanks.

Shockley Semiconductor

By: boren Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#1 of 13 today; 1:15 pm
Pretty amazing that this is where all this mess started SMILIE. We were a little unsure of two the numbers, but we made it. Cool bridge and a quick find once the coast was clear. It was a very nice day for a walk. The flowers were in full bloom and we stopped at a garage sale on the way back during
Palo Alto's city wide sale.

Cry Wolfe

By: Brute-Force Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

#9 of 13 today; The GPSr was all screwy here. We drove around it a few times, then past it. We walked up to the spot and were about to grab it when security appeared in their truck. They were heading right for us, but luckily they went right by. We decided to go back down for the car, park it right next to the cache and make a quick dash for it, keeping an eye on the security truck at the other end of the lot. Very nice placement. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Wizard Walnut Huller

By: rib Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#4 of 13 today; There was a baseball game in progress, so we were concerned we wouldn't be able able to get to this one. Luckily it was well hidden and we were able to find the huller and cache. Nice place. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Cipher Creek

By: The Rat Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

#6 of 13 today: Ah, my first page nemesis - Cipher Creek - I have defeated you at last!
This one took quite a long time to figure out. I had to go back to Cipher Sites to remember how to do these puzzles and these definitely were a lot harder. At one point I had several pages of equations and attempts at solutions before I finally got the rhythm of the thing. As long as I kept things
organized and wrote down how I came to certain conclusions, I was OK. I nearly messed up my last attempt because I added wrong somewhere. Luckily I got enough of the keyword that I was able to guess it.

Thankfully, I found the second cipher to be much easier. I was able to make some good guesses a
t words and things started to line right up.

We came at the cache from the wrong way and drove around it for a bit. We found it pretty easily. I probably didn't even have to decipher the second puzzle.

It was a lot of fun anyway and it truly became an obsession after a while. TNLNSL. Thanks.

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Jun 4, 2003

OTAN

By: PhilippeGPS (now managed by WeBeDnD) Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Micro

7:24 pm - Woo hoo, #2!
I was pretty lucky on this one that the language was the only one I know reasonably well besides English, though again my memory from high school was tested. I like the numerous hints about the language and trying to figure out the phonetics. Geocaching has definitely made me looney; this one qual
ified me even more with hours of mumbling words to myself. I guessed most of the words incorrectly at l
east once. The digit sum check definitely helped make sure we weren't hopelessly wardering around people's backyards. I didn't find a dictionary very helpful. A spelling correction tool however did help.
We tried to get into the cache the back way, but couldn't find the entrance. At the cache it was obvious the back way was a lot shorter to the cache. Easy find once we got there - already some very distinctive trampling. Thanks for the interesting cache!

Jun 2, 2003

CalTrain - Sunnyvale

By: normanb Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Since we come here 10 times a week, it was nice to do something else here besides commuting. We were a bit perplexed for a bit - we were supposedly 2 feet from the cache but it was no where in site. A second read of the description gave us the info we needed. We've watched this place be rebuilt over the last several months. It was nice to take a few minutes and look at the result of all the mess.

Jun 1, 2003

Heritage Oaks Park

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Second time was a charm here. There were still lots of people here, but none immediately next to the cache. We made a lucky grab and came up with it. Thanks.

European Highways

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

Thanks to the logs, we knew to work out this one before our second trip back to a nearby cache. The slope was a bit steep, but short. We nearly tumbled into the stream, though I don't think at this time of the year there was much threat of drowning, only getting a little soggy. Took a koosh ball guy and left an anti-poaching sticker we picked up in Idaho. Thanks.

Cipher Sites

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Geez, it's been a while since someone finished this one. We solved all of the ciphers a few weeks ago, but then finally had time to visit the waypoints this weekend. This was one of the more time-consuming caches, but you also learn a lot. Now we're ready to take on Cipher Creek, the last holdout on our first page... Thanks.

May 31, 2003

Put your lips together and blow

By: team.geek Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Very original cache. We grabbed a margwagsalot whistle earlier in the day, specifically for this cache. We felt pretty ridiculous, good thing no one was really around. Signed the log book and we were off for a well deserved Slurpee down the street after a full day of caching.

Cards are us

By: PhilippeGPS (Maintained by MotorBug) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

We did a lot more digging than we needed to at this one. Lots of people around, but not at the cache. Did another cache very nearby. Didn't have any cards, so TNLN.

CalTrain - San Antonio

By: normanb Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This one wasn't as buried as we expected once we looked in the right place, though we didn't expect the color of the container. Took marwasgalot whistle (for another cache later in the day) and a pink bouncy ball. Left floating keychain and snoopy.

Don't mess with the Army

By: Jim and Jeanette Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

We were a little worred that this cache would be too well hidden, but as we approached the location, we saw it very clearly. We just had to wait for an opening to grab it. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Haunted Toys

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Much easier the second time here. Some employees were hanging out closeby, so we waited for them to leave. I was a little concerned about attracting attention while accessing the cache - it was pretty noisy - but I don't think anyone saw us. TNLN. Thanks!

Border Patrol #1

By: DavidT21 & Fisherwoman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Found this one between yard sale shopping. I had to get some perspective to notice where this one was. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Planet Jupiter

By: TeamJiffy Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Found this one pretty easily. We have been to this park many times, but we weren't aware of this mini-path. TNLN. Thanks.

Northern CA Solar System Model: Shoemaker-Levy

By: bthomas Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Took a guess at the coodinates and found it easily with the hint. Looking forward to the rest of the series! TNLN.

Our Lady of the River

By: Kreebelle & Kids (maintained by WalruZ) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Ended up here while doing another cache. We remembered that there was another cache in this park and looked it up. Neat place - we would have never known it was here. While we were looking for it two other couples saw us in there and came to see what was there. While waiting for them to leave, I spotted it. Saw the ranger's log entry. TNLNSL.

Circular Reasoning

By: The Rat Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Spent a lot of time working on this one. It appears that most of my high school education has faded into the ether. Tried a couple of methods, then finally got one that looked pretty good on paper. I even wrote a little code to do the last calculation for me. Got to the location and discovered my math was off somewhere, but we were clearly close. Watching our GPS we were able to zero in on the location and have a nice walk at the same time. Left some Disney dwarfs pogs, and took a cool blue ball and the WTC Rivet travel bug. Challenging cache (if you're not in high school!) but very rewarding. Thanks!

May 26, 2003

Its there

By: rcracer Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

This cache was complicated by the fact that there were two huge RVs parked directly in front of the cache. We had to wait for one of the owners to leave to walk her dog. TNLN. Thanks.

Welcome To Mtn. Home

By: rcracer Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

5:50 pm - Found this one after a few minutes of looking. TNLN. Stopped by McDonalds on the way out and got a very refreshing milkshake.

Niagara West

By: nijimasu & son Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

All kinds of confusion on this one. We wanted to visit Niagara Springs, but we didn't have any good maps, so it's a good thing we had this cache location in the GPSr. We had some difficulty figuring out which side of the river it was on. First we went north, but the GPSr looked like it was on the south side of the river. So back down we went, all the way to the fish hatchery only to realize that it was definitely on the other side. On the way back we could see the road coming down, so we marked where that was and headed for it on the other side of the river. Once we got close enough we were able to follow the signs down to it. Very nice falls and extremely clear water. The park was pretty nice too.
The cache was full of ants, both on and in the cache. We had some miscommunication about what we were leaving and taking from this cache and we ended up taking an Idaho pin and geocaching sticker and leaving an Outback coaster. We traded up on a cache later that day hopefully to make up for it!

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HOT CREEK CACHE

By: rcracer Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Where's the creek? SMILIE We wanted to get out of here quickly as some people in a jeep stopped up the road and were shooting at something. We left a White Sox hat we found earlier in the day and left a Coke antenna ball.

RESERVOIR CACHE

By: RCRACER Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

6;15 pm - our last cache on our Idaho trip. We sure had a lot of fun. This was another quickie. TNLNSL. Thanks.

Travelers Blues II

By: BEENTHEREFOUNDIT Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

A nice distraction on our drive from Twin Falls to Boise. Took a golf ball and left something we wrote illegably on our printout. SMILIE

May 25, 2003

Let's Make a Deal

By: JoBonzai Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 3.5 Container: Regular

This one was nuts! We took the low road and quickly got pretty tired. During the second scramble, we got a little concerned that we would injure ourselves and not make it back. So we went up to the top and things got much easier.
We ran into a nasty plant with thorns and it made our skin swell up. Ouch.

We found the cache using the hint though we never did find the arrow. Is it really necessary to hide the cache that well? Geez, I don't think there's much traffic here!

The cache was really well stocked. We took they smok
ey the bear baseball and left $1.

The way back from the rim was much easier. We're still sore from this one! Great views though!

Snake River

By: Hobs Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

2:20 pm - There was lots of thunder overhead, so we had to do this one fast. At least the day had cooled off.
We took a happy face guy and left a quarter.

Some people nearby were using a metal detector near the cache site. If only they knew the real treasure was 200 ft away!

We stopped by the Oregon Trail ruts on the way back. As soon as we got out of the car, it began to pour. Then a minute later it c
ompletely stoped. Strange weather here!

Porcupine Path

By: Blind Retrieve Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

1:30 pm
No porcupines today - it was too hot. They were smarter than us for staying somewhere cool!

We parked on the wrong side of the river on our first try, but found the nice new park and cache soon after.

TNLN. Thanks!

Twin Falls

By: Elvish Archer Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Quick cache. Nice park. We were parched and decided to go into the restroom to fill up on water. BIG SIGNS - non-potable water - do not drink! The vending machine was happy to take my dollar though. SMILIE

Travelers Blues III

By: Elvish Archer Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

When we arrived at this cache, there was no one around. Suddently 3 cars arrived. We felt pretty suspicous looking around in the grass and there was thunder and lightning about, so we decided it probably wasn't a good idea to be hanging out next to a metal fence. So while we waited for the people to leave we decoded the clue. Once we did that, it was obvious where it was. Now were going to have to suspect caches hidden like this all over the place!

Shoshone View

By: Elvish Archer Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Nice view from here. The cache was very well covered, but we managed to find it OK. TNLN. Thanks for the quick cache.

May 24, 2003

Emberton View Point

By: Dustbusters Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Our first cache in Idaho. Nice view. Found after a few minutes of looking. No snakes, but lots of lizards. TNLN. Thanks.

Pillar Falls Lite

By: Elvish Archer Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Drove to this one between tries of another nearby cache only to realize that we didn't have to drive at all. Then again, everything seems that way in this part of Twin Falls - everything is really close but you've got all these big stores and malls and restaurants which you think you would normally drive to, so you do.
Anyway, after a really short drive and a quick walk, we zeroed in on the cache site. I randomly stuck my hand in a place I thought it could be and found it instantly. That never happens.

The falls were waning at this time of the year, but we enjoyed the drive ... err ... walk!

Perrine Bridge

By: Elvish Archer Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We were just trying to get in the general area of this cache and took a random left turn and parked. Turned on the gps and discovered we were 27 feet from the cache. Unfortunately, so were about 50 other people, all watching people parachute off the bridge. So instead we took a walk to explore the area. Then we realized that we hadn't gotten a map of where our hotel was for the night. We looked up, and there it was about a half mile away along with a large selection of dining options... very strange.
As we passed by the cache site again we tried to find the cache. While there were still a lot of people, they were looking at the bridge and people falling off it, not us. Got right on top of it, but I hadn't read the details properly (at all?) and I thought it was a regular sized cache. So, we di
dn't find it. But we vowed to return after dark when hopefully ev
eryone would be gone and we had some food in us.
That's what we did and we found it after a few minutes of groping around in the dark. We just love that whenever we go to a new place, geocaches take us right to the coolest spots. Thanks!

May 18, 2003

Whisman Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Nice park. Drove here from home for #3 in the series. We stopped and relaxed for a bit at the cache site.

Evelyn Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

GPS wasn't liking it here, but managed to find it anyway. Drove here from Whisman in a few minutes. 12 more to go...

May 17, 2003

crabbels CASE

By: PhilippeGPS (maintained by The Rat) Difficulty: 4.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

[This little bugger ended up on our first page, so I started to attack it. I had thought about doing a cache based on this recently, so luckily I got the concept pretty quickly. ] A buddy on my web site helped me narrow down the words. [I was lucky enough to catch the last hint when it had a little more formatting and that helped me confirm 3 words. Then it was just a matter of figuring out what was logical for the rest of the words. Thankfully the second part was much easier - pretty much trial and error. Thanks for challenging cache!]

Tube It!

By: 3BBoys Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Why is it that only one AAA in the Bay Area (Walnut Creek) is open on Saturdays? Who has time between 8:30 and 5:30 to get their fill of maps? Well, the AAA served one good purpose - there was plenty of free parking in their lot just across the street from this cache. And we got to snicker as several people walked up to the door only to realize it was closed.
Anyway, this cache followed the typical arc of emotions - anticipation, curiosity, frustration, destitude then finally eureka and exhileration! There were lots of people around, so we made like we were waiting for someone several times, then darted in and
out of the ivy to play with that strange tube.
When I put it back, I accidentally put it in backwards and realized that others would have a hard time getting it out. Luckily we were able to fix it and we were on our way.

Moffett Park

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

2nd cache on our walk today. Looked a bit longer for this one and felt a bit suspiciuos, but there was no one around. 14 to go!

Mountain View Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

We've never driven so close to a cache and then spent so much time looking for it. It was a quick drive over from Evelyn and we nearly drove into the cache. So many places to hide! There weren't too many people around on a Saturday afternoon, but enough that we had to look up and whistle more than a few times. The hint was helpful, but not quite specific enough to narrow it down to one place. Very tricky location. 11 more to go!

Lockheed Martin Station

By: Stacy & Jerry Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Not chosen

Decided to walk to this one since it was so close to our house. Nice day for a walk. Found the cache pretty easily. Nice station; maybe we should use it. [:-)]

May 10, 2003

S.C. Stairway View Cache

By: jtkcacher and grumpybear Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

8:30 pm - This was our last cache of the day which was a good thing because it was almost dark and the mosquitos were out. Had some trouble taking a left turn an ended up parking on the other side of the hill across from some kind of hall where a prom or something was taking place. Walked through a really cool 200-year old cemetary though, complete with a small chinese burial ground. Found the cache pretty much by feeling around. Took a sun and left a quarter. Nice view up here. I'll add it to the list of places where someone can buy me a house. :-)

S.C. Birdwalk Cache

By: grumpybear and jtkcacher Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

7:30pm - #2, so close to a FTF on this one! I think we parked in the right place, but we didn't look at the park map and we ended up going all the way around the park. That was ok, it's a really cool park. We liked the floating pathways and the animal footprints at the playground. Found the cache easily. We were a little confused as to why there was a microcache inside this cache? Took a Save the Whales pin and left a spider. Thanks!

Marine Center

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Looking at the map, I was really hoping this was on the pier, otherwise we were in for quite a swim! Thankfully it wasn't. This one was in a nice spot and we had to be stealthy. Took us a while to figure out how to open the cache! Tried to log from my Treo that we had just used the last two lines in the log sheet, but couldn't get it to work. Stopped and watched the sea lions for a bit and we were on our way.

Under the Boardwalk

By: little_bear_blue and Big Green Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Micro

Nicely hidden. Some people on the boardwalk above saw us and were making jokes. Oh well. TNLN.

Lighthouse Field

By: Iron Chef Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Nice location for a cache. We walked by the lighthouse first, watched the surfers and the seals and then headed to the cache. Lots of people out walking their dogs. Took a marble and left an airplane (I think).

Schwan Lake

By: kylemnop Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Drove around a while before we finally read the parking hint. Then we took the wrong path and headed back down a gulley and over to the cache. Hitsman and chris didn't follow us and we got separated and confused. We both had cell phone though and we were able to contact each other though neither of us could really describe where we were. They ran into a cacher and his dog and hung out by the cache while we closed in on the cache with our GPSR. Lots of trampled grass around the cache gave it away a bit. Left a spider and took a free limo ride token.

Ocean View

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

We were looking for this cache with hitsman and chris when another cacher, 4wheeler, came by. Found it pretty quickly (nice spot) and took a koosh ball and left a spider. Then we walked up to the park to enjoy the view and watch 4wheeler grab the cache. Almost tried to walk here from the SC boardwalk. Good thing we didn't!

May 8, 2003

Elementary Nervousness

By: Componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

10:55 pm - We had a friend visiting from out of town. Introduced him to Geocaching and showed him this cache that had been annoying me for a few weeks that I couldn't figure out. He sat down and stared at it for a few hours and came up with an answer. He really wanted to go out and find it immediately, so we did. We wandered out the streets a bit, trying to find a way to get to the cache and finally found the spot. This was our first cache found at night. Good thing it was in a fairly obvious spot. I think my friend is addicted now. :-)

Apr 27, 2003

Van Damme Fern

By: DustySneakers & Apollo56 & watched over by Me Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This was the last cache of our weekend Mendocino trip. We seemed to be having all kinds of problems today, so that was probably a good thing. We couldn't get a GPS signal until 1 mile up the trail. Oops, we passed it. Underneath those 3 bridges would be great places for caches. Then we realized we forgot the cache info back at the car! We had the coords in the GPS already, so we hoped we could find it without a description or clue. The rain wasn't helping much either. But the signal stayed steady on the way back and the rain let up for a little while. With a little luck we found it. The contents were pretty wet. We signed the logbook, took a smiley ball and left the green M
&
M character. Thanks!

Apr 26, 2003

Cafe Cache

By: Team Sagefox Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Small

Stopped by here after a long day of hiking and caching. We got a lemonade and a coffee and sat down for a break. This was our first indoor cache. Guess there's no worry about the weather here! Took a caribiner and left a panda pin. Thanks.

Lighthouse Too

By: roadcow Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

Had a great time walking around here. Nice view, nice weather (amazingly) and some nice patches of flowers. Stopped inside the lighthouse for a bit and also in the little marine center. A great spot!

Have a Seat

By: roadcow Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Not chosen

We had a nice walk to the lighthouse and found this one on the way out. Barely anyone around. Thanks for pointing this one out.

The Seven Benches of Mendocino

By: roadcow Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Virtual

We had a great time exploring Medocino with this cache. Stopped by at the chocolate shop and had some great raspberry bark. It turned out to be a really nice day, despite raining all week. Send the answers to roadcow, but haven't heard back yet.

Magnetic Madness - Mendocino

By: Team Sagefox Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We too weren't paying attention and had to go back for this one after doing the 7 benches. We were a little apprehensive about this structure. It seemed to give quite a bit. The log was wet, but then again just about everything was wet as it was the first day in a week that it hadn't rained. Signed it and we were off. Thanks.

The Kid Within

By: gps4me Ken Grant & Family Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

11:25 am - found it after wandering around the bluff for a while. A great view on a great sunny day. Took a red rubber ball and left something I can't remember anymore. Thanks.

Apr 20, 2003

The Charleston Shuffle

By: Mohetka Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

Yet another park I never would have known existed. Seems like it's almost exclusive to SGI employees. It was immaculate. Loved the waterfall. Meant to TNLN, but after we put everything back in the cache and replaced it, we found one shiny marble thingly left on the sidewalk, so we left with that.

End of the Road

By: blackfrancis, adopted by Team Nazgul Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.5 Container: Regular

Wasn't quite sure how to get to this cache, but we did eventually get there on our bikes. We were pretty happy that it hadn't rained recently though the ruts in the road made things a little challenging. Took a large bouncy ball and left a pen.

Alviso Slow

By: Pedalman Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Not chosen

This was our first stop on a day of over 25 miles of bike-based geocaching. The flowers were in full bloom which were pretty and they also made it smell better. ;-) Found the cache without difficulty. With the wind at our backs on the return we sped back to the parking lot. Nearly ran over a sizable snake crossing the levee. Stopped to watch him continue crossing for a minute.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Cache

By: artadams & belrose (adopted by WeBeDnD) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

OK, I cheated. I searched the web for companies on the closeby streets according to the map and I found the only one that made any sense. Found the cache, I guess that means I got it right. Boy it was a biggie. I was a little concerned about lifting it. Forgot to bring books though, maybe next time. Great idea for a cache. TNLN. Ran into 3BBoys as they were leaving. We did stop by the company from the original coordinates on the way back home though just to say we did it.

The Dump

By: Joseph Ruff Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was our last cache of the day which was a good thing because my bike started making some weird noises after our 25 miles of cache hunting. We weren't quite sure which way to go around to get this one, but it turns out either way would have worked.
It wasn't at all what we expected. Where was the art? I guess those hills is what used to be the dump? We were also looking for some logical hiding spot, but there it was, practically in the open. TNLN. Completed the loop on the way back. Thanks!

Apr 19, 2003

In the Shade

By: componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

[Home Depot is evil. We went there today for 1 stupid extension cord and left with an extension cord, an edger, blower and a garden rake for a grand total of $68.52. Evil!
Anyway, on our way to Home Depot, we thought we would try this cache for the fourth and probably last time. I was convinced that it must have been in the clever spots we found last time and we just didn't look hard enough. Thankfully there weren't many people around. We looked carefully at the cle
ver spots again and still didn't find it. Spent 20 minutes looking for other places it could be. We were about to give up again on this one when ]I decided to use my fingers instead of my eyes in the clever spot, despite all the nasty things in there.[ Ta da! I redeemed myself. Thanks!]

Paramount Importance

By: TeamAlamo Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

We were a little worried that this cache wouldn't be there anymore considering the recent construction here. But we got lucky and found it almost immediately. Thanks.

Fairchild Superfund

By: Otis Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Actually did this one a few weeks ago, got the company names, and got confirmation back that the names were correct. However, when I went to log it, I realized I misread the clue and there was actually something to see, not just figuring out what the companies were. So went back today and checked the things out. Weird. Glad I don't work next to one of those things.

Apr 13, 2003

Rock Rimmon

By: Dale (daleschafer) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Figured I had to do this one since it's about .2 miles from the house where I grew up. Brought my mom along too. I once had a Boy Scout project to clean this place up, but that was a long time ago and there's lots of glass there now. Took a little while to find the first waypoint. Lots of vertical space to search! Found the second waypoint after some searching too. Cache was pretty easy to find. The shanty is still there and a little scary. The cache does have a big crack in it and is not an ammo cannister as it says in the description. The contents were wet, so it probably should be replaced. Took a superball and left an American Flag. Thanks.

Apr 6, 2003

Old Oak Cache

By: MacGyverDXS & Randy Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

Found this cache while on a weekend trip to San Antonio to meet up with friends from RI. It was my friend Rob's first geocaching adventure! TN LN.

Slick 151

By: sun_m00n_starz & Budophylus Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

The second cache of the day with my friend Rob from RI. Finished it just in time to go to the airport and head home to CA!
Took Nothing, Left Nothing

Mar 30, 2003

In the Shade

By: componenx Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Other

DNF. This was our second trip here. The first time it was too crowded. We decided to go at dusk and see if things were calmer. Well, the previously mentioned shady characters were there and soon after the cops arrived and made them dissappear. After some more looking, we decided to call it a night. We'll probably try again some other day.

Steven's Creek Button Exchange

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Small

2nd try on this one, but finally found it. My Treo saved us again as we were able to look up the hint. We walked right by it several times. Lots of caches in this area! Took an Apple pin (not really a button) and left a Ben and Jerry's pin (not a button either!). Lots of people around, but managed to dive in and grab this without attracting too much attention.

Commodore Fun

By: componenx Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

[Found all 3 points and the cache, but didn't partake in any dumpster diving. Took a mini koosh ball and left a popper. Hadn't been this far up ]the Stevens Creek trail [before.]

Mar 23, 2003

$80 Million Later...

By: Equinox 2002 Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Easy find. Lots of desks and shelves in the parking lot.
Took a PG
&
E magnet clip. Left WebVan and Music Boulevard Magnets. They have plenty of company now.

Find the S in Stevens Creek

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Used the clue to find the sign, but there was no log book that we could find. Maybe it fell out?

Ardent Computer Corporation

By: boren Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Got this one pretty easily. Thanks!

Mar 9, 2003

Ulistac

By: Mhop (adopted by bullit) Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

This was a girls only find- our second for the day. Nice park with secluded spot to examine cache. Took yoyo, left mardi gras ornament.

Coastside Clifftop Stroll

By: Coppernob for Mrs. and Ivor Screwloose Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

Awesome location for a cache on a beautiful day like today!! Took giant blue bouncy ball, left $1000 bill.

Mar 8, 2003

Runway

By: TIMNKRIS Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Completed this cache with our parents who are visiting from the east coast. Beautiful day. Took Pinocchio puppet and MVPD pencil, left Yahoo! stickers and a NH pen.

Mar 1, 2003

The Oaks

By: KurtS (adopted by budd-rdc) Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 3.0 Container: Regular

A nice park to explore on a nice day. Had no problems finding the cache after a good hike. Great views!
I'm glad I don't have to maintain this one!

Left a NH key chain and took a Seattle Mariners Jack-in-the-box head.

Sly Dog's--Big Lady

By: marwagsalot Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Micro

Almost gave up on this one after getting several strange looks from people visiting the big lady. Our GPS kept giving strange readings - moving 60 feet away and then back when standing still. Maybe she didn't want us to find it. Happenned to be in the right place and saw that cache. Forgot to bring a pen, but we were there!

Feb 15, 2003

La Luna

By: Latitude11 and Shrubber Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Took Anne's Mom on this one. Yet another place we never would have known existed. Why is this cache called La Luna?
We finished it just as it started to rain. Left a quarter and took a red and clear bouncy ball. (We really seem to be into this ball theme.)

Rhino Eels

By: Mengarelliott Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Had been around here a few times before. Stopped by again with Anne's Mom to grab the cache. The biggest challenge was finding the right approach. In the end it probably didn't matter. Found the cache easily. Forgot our cache stuff bag today, so we left a quarter and took a NASA pencil.

Feb 1, 2003

Rebecca Cat Cache

By: TeamGarlick (adopted by bullit) Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Virtual

Our first cache of the day on what turned out to be a long day of biking. Wandered through Alviso on the way - strange place! Started out from the wrong place and ended up biking a long way on the levees. It was very windy and our bikes were getting pushed around and sprayed with water. Saw some Canadian Geese and had fun disturbing hundreds of seagulls who were lounging on the paths. Got within .6 miles of the cache when we found ourselves at a dead end. Had to turn back and take a different turn. Waved at the Amtrak passengers. Finally found the place we should have started at and found the virtual cache easily. Took a picture of the bush and visited the platform and building before we left.

T in the Road

By: Diana, Jim and Bryan Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

This was our third cache of the day and we were pretty tired. We went the long way around. We had actually been here before but hadn't known that there was a cache. On the way in, one of our bikes got a flat tire, making the return trip interesting. Took globe keychain. Left $1000 and a PEZ dispenser.

A Sunny Day in the Park

By: Butano and WT Difficulty: 3.0 Terrain: 2.0 Container: Regular

'A quick cache before lunch' is what we said one Saturday afternoon. Hah! Spent many hours wandering from park to park in Sunnyvale. Found most of the clues pretty easily, except for EE, which we put in the wrong coordinates and found ourselves wandering around the 3Com headquarters - oops! Didn't figure this out until after we gave up and went home very hungry. Tried to finish this up the next day. Found the X, but couldn't find the cache. Ran out of time and aborted for the day.
Tried again this weekend and were stimied on our first attempt by the presence of some cops trying to get some hunters who were shooting birds. Came back later after biking out to Rebecca Cat Cache and still couldn't find the cache near the X.

We were giving up and going home when we found the R
EAL X, very tatterred and barely recognizable. Found the cache soon after and we were relieved to have this one finally done!

Took the Star Wars Yoda/Darth Vader cube and left a very apropo Sun pin.

Jan 16, 2003

Pulpit Rock

By: Grampa Cardigan Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Container: Regular

Took my Mom on this trip - her first cache. The 2 feet of snow made this interesting. Had to read the clue to find the first waypoint, but it was easier from there. Found some deer nests in the snow on the hill near the cache and lots of deer tracks. Batteries in the GPS died after the 2nd waypoint. Good thing we brought the digital camera and were able to exchange the batteries. Lots of trudging through the snow! We were pretty happy that the cache was not covered with snow. Took the Cow-lick and shiny rock and left a jumping Mario toy and a Ren (of Ren and Stimpy) head. Didn't actually go to Pupit Rock. Maybe next time!

Jan 5, 2003

The Cuesta Quest

By: Beckerbuns Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Our 5th cache and the first one that Anne found first! Cool area with interesting trees. Left a bottle popper and and took a tennis ball. We seem to be a on a ball theme with things that we take!

To Be Continued

By: Marky & Joani Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was a tough one for us; we didn't have the page, so we did it using the coordinates only. When we finally got there, someone else was looking for it too. So we went back today and found the well-hidden cache. We didn't get a chance to take or leave anything as more people were coming. Busy place.

Jan 4, 2003

Fruit Cocktail

By: bykenut Difficulty: 2.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

A neat piece of history close to home!
Took a shiny marble; left a new year's popper.

Jan 1, 2003

Where Fools Rush In

By: Julie Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

Great location for a cache!! Parts of the trail on the way in were washed out or piled high with debris- made it more interesting!! We didn't take anything, but left some stickers.

Atari

By: boren Difficulty: 1.0 Terrain: 1.0 Container: Regular

This was our first cache. Took a while to find even though we were at that spot multiple times. Took the random bouncy ball and left $150.00!! :-)

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